The proposed plant would be on the lines of 1,320 MW thermal project in Rampal -- being jointly developed by NTPC and Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) -- in the
neighbouring nation.

"We have proposed that if we are given a coal block (by the Indian government) in India, then we could develop a power plant through a joint venture, in the same way as we are doing
in Rampal," Tawfiq Elahi Chowdhury, who is Energy and Power Advisor to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said.
The proposal was discussed during Chowdhury's meeting with Power and Coal Minister Piyush Goyal here this week. According to Chowdhury, India is very positive about the proposal. Bangladesh, which is looking to increase its electricity supplies to meet rising demand, has an installed capacity of around 13,000 MW.

When asked about the progress of the 1,320 MW Rampal plant, Chowdhury said the first 660 MW unit is expected to be ready in four years time. Project activities at the site have already started. The project is being implemented by Bangladesh-India Friendship Power Company Pvt Ltd, an equal joint venture between NTPC and BPDB.
Besides, India is supplying about 500 MW of electricity to Bangladesh and plans are on the anvil to increase the same to 1,000 MW.

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