BPC moves to ensure diesel supply to the north
Rafique Sarker, Rangpur
Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) has taken steps to transport diesel directly from Chittagong to Rangpur by railway for the first time, in a bid to resolve the energy crisis in eight northern districts throughout the boro season.
BPC has planned to supply 7 lakh litres of diesel a week to the northern region, the largest pocket of IRRI-boro rice.
The state-owned company brought 8.94 lakh litres of diesel to Rangpur yesterday for three companies under BPC for supply to different districts.
Earlier, the corporation had transported diesel by river and unloaded it at the Baghabari depot in Sirajganj. Three petroleum companies — Jamuna Oil, Padma Oil and Meghna Oil — used to transport diesel from Baghabari by road using tank-lorries.
There is another diesel depot at Parbotipur in Dinajpur, where supplies of diesel were reached by railway. The three companies in the past also brought diesel from Parbotipur to Rangpur and its adjoining districts.
Jamuna Sales Manager Mahbubur Rahman Bishwas said the Chilmari oil depot in Kurigram had been shut down due to navigation problems.
Diesel from the Parbotipur depot is also being carried to the 50MW power plant in Thakurgaon and the 20MW power plant in Rangpur. This resulted in scarcity of diesel and the three distributing companies had to wait to get supplies from Baghabari.”
In a press conference, Jasim Uddin Ahmed, the divisional commissioner of Rangpur, attached importance to the supply of diesel for the farmers of the northern region
“The farmers will not face any problem with supply of diesel anywhere in Rangpur division because about 15 lakh litres of diesel is needed in all for irrigation during the boro rice season,” he said.