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In Bangla, it is all about power play

Dhaka: Authorities in Bangladesh on Thursday asked fertiliser factories to halt production in a bid to divert gas supply to power plants and ensure an uninterrupted electricity supply ahead of the World T20.

The World T20 starts on March 16 with the final on April 6.

“We have no other options but to shut down fertiliser factories for some time to ensure gas supply to power plants,” Mohammed Hussain Monsur, chairman of the state-owned Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation, said on Thursday. “Today we have asked all seven, except one, fertiliser factories to close down for a month.”

The latest incident of power shortage happened during the Netherlands warm-up game against Afghanistan.

Netherlands’ chase was curtailed by five overs because of a power failure at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, in Chittagong. Local authorities got the floodlights working in 15 minutes, but the delay left Netherlands chasing a revised target of 122 in 15 overs. They were dismissed for 86.

“The power failure occurred because of a problem in the national grid in Comilla,” Nazrul Islam, a power development board official, said. “The centre was immediately informed, and the power restored immediately afterwards.”

According to an eyewitness, the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium lost power three times during the game. (Reuters)