Nitish directive for power to all households by year end
Patna,(BiharTimes): Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday directed the officials to ensure that all hamlets/villages of Bihar are electrified by the end of December 2017.
According to an official Press release the chief minister took stock of progress in providing free electricity connection to every household.
Chairing a high level meeting of the Energy department, he reviewed the work under various schemes and projects.
He also took stock of the latest situation with regard to providing free power connection to all household under the ‘Har-Ghar Bijli’ (Electricity to Every Household) scheme of state government.
Nitish’s ‘Saat Nischay’ (Seven Resolves) includes providing power, drinking water and drainage link to every household in the state.
Energy department’s Principal Secretary Pratyaya Amrit gave a Power Point Presentation before the chief minister with regard to progress of various schemes that included providing power connection to all hamlets by December 2017, various power plants etc. The issue of transfer of Barauni Thermal Power Plant, Kanti Thermal Power Plant, Nabinagar Power Generating Company Ltd (NPGCL), Nabinagar to NTPC was discussed at length during the meeting.
The meeting also discussed the benefits of transfer of power plants to National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).
The power generated from NTPC plants located in Bihar would be used in the state only.
The Chief Minister was also informed about the expansion of rail line between Kodarma and Rajgir which would ensure easy coal supply to NTPC Barh plant. The issue of NTPC setting up two solar power plants, one each at Kajra (Lakhisarai) and Pirpainty (Bhagalpur), also came up for discussion at the meeting, the release added.
Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Energy Minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav, Development
Commissioner Shishir Sinha, CM’s Principal Secretary Chanchal Kumar, NTPC and other senior state government officials were among those who attended the meeting.