Power will no longer be a problem, Nitish tells industrialists

Patna,(BiharTimes): Reiterating that he would not seek votes if he fails to provide electricity by 2015 chief minister Nitish Kumar said sincere efforts are being made to improve power situation in Bihar and that in the next few years power would no longer be a problem.

Speaking at the 68th annual general meeting of the Bihar Industries Association (BIA) here on Monday evening, the CM said over 75 per cent proposals received by the State Industrial Promotion Board are related to power. He said the Centre was not cooperating in allocation of coal.

Alluding to Coalgate scam he said now coal is allotted to big people. Once diamond was the status symbol, now it is coal.

He held the previous state government responsible for not staking claim for power from the NTPC’s Barh super thermal power station. Bihar had got only 10 per cent share in power, which has now been increased to 25.6 per cnt in Stage I. Now, the state has been assured 50 per cent share from Stage II, he said.

Addressing the gathering UK-based industrialist Lord Karan Bilimoria, who has set up a beer factory in Patna, said there is huge potential in the state and outside investors were keen to come here.

Industry minister Renu Kumari Kushwaha the efforts of her department to solve the problems of entrepreneurs.

Earlier, BIA president K P S Keshri raised various issues seeking their redressal.




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