Bihar to become self-sufficient in power by 2015: Minister

Patna,(BiharTimes): Bihar’s Power Minister Vijendra Prasad Yadav claimed in Legislative Assembly on Tuesday that the state would become a self-sufficient in electricity by 2015 and a power surplus state by 2016.

He said his department would not disappoint chief minister Nitish Kumar, who while addressing the Independence Day gathering last August, said that he would not seek votes in 2015 if Bihar does not become self sufficient in power.

The minister informed the House that from 2013 the state would start adding 500 MW electricity every six years after generation of power from the NTPC’s Barh thermal power project stage II (1320 MW.

According to him the expansion projects of Barauni and Kanti thermal power plants and the Barh Stage I thermal power plant (1980 MW) would be commissioned in the next two years that will raise more power to Bihar.

Besides, the state would get additional power from the central pool that would take to power generation and availability with Bihar at about 5,000 MW power by 2015 against the requirement of 4,000 MW then.

Vijendra Yadav also said that a number of thermal power projects and ultra power projects are under various stages of execution; thus Bihar would certainly become a power surplus state by 2016.

He laid stress on strengthening the transmission and distribution infrastructure and added that the grids would be constructed in both north and south Bihar to distribute power to the consumers through power sub-stations at each block.

He conceded that Centre's cooperation was key for the development of power sector.




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