BIMSTEC plans 3,000 km long power grid from Myanmar-Thailand to India

The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is working on a reginal power grid spanning about 3,000 km between Myanmar, Thailand and India. The grid connectivity would ensure better utilisation of member countries’ electricity generating capacity. Reportedly, the Asian Development Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) have evinced interest in investing in the proposed BIMSTEC regional power grid. Bangladesh is also in discussions with Nepal and Bhutan for trilateral power trade. BIMSTEC is a regional group of seven countries of South and Southeast Asia Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan.