The Sorry Tale of Power Deficits
For a region that is developing swiftly, energy problems can only worsen in the coming years.
Nature has blessed South Asia with an abundant supply of water, coal, wind and sunlight. Yet, the region faces an acute energy crisis. In some cases, the shortage has reached dangerous proportions. Some reasons for this chronic malaise are poor planning, corruption, insufficient decision-making and bad governance. For a rapidly developing region, an acute energy crisis can impede growth. Before recommending the measures to resolve the problem, let us briefly examine the issue in the perspective of the South Asian countries.
Bangladesh, which is estimated to have between 12 trillion and 15 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, provides electricity to only 30 percent of its population. For a country which is endeavoring to establish its name in