Fertiliser factories to shut for WT20

Move taken by Bangladesh authorities to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply for the 2014 cricket tournament.

Last updated: 13 Mar 2014 12:21
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Floodlight failure has caused huge amounts of delay and loss of momentum [GALLO/GETTY]

Authorities in Bangladesh 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 2014 World Twenty20.

The World T20 will feature 16 teams and 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," Mohammad Hussain Monsur, chairman of the state-owned Oil, Gas and Mineral Corporation, said.

"Today we have asked all seven, except one, fertiliser factories to close down for a month."

Chronic power shortages often stir public anger and trigger violent protests. Fans have previously gone on the rampage, attacking electricity supply centres, when blackouts have hit coverage of games.


Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
UNHCR says hundreds of people trapped in Yaloke town risk death if they are not evacuated to safety urgently.
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
< >