Centre cuts Bihar quota dark days ahead – Central power allocation slashed by 70MW

People of Bihar could be heading for a difficult summer with the Centre today deciding to cut the power supply to the state by 70MW from the central sector allocation.

Bihar, a perennially power-starved state, depends heavily on the Centre’s allocation to meet its daily power consumption.

“The Union power ministry has effected a cut of 70MW from the central sector allocation,” Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) spokesman and director of public relations H.R. Pandey told The Telegraph.

Pandey, however, refused to comment on the reasons that prompted the central government to take such a decision.

The state government usually gets between 900MW and 1450MW against its scheduled allocation of 1792MW from the central sector depending upon the availability of power. Since the generation capacity of the state is negligible, it has to manage its power requirements from the central allocation.

“The state on Saturday received only 930MW power against the 1792MW central sector allocation following the Centre’s decision,” the spokesman said adding the allocation on Friday was around 1,000MW.

However, a top official of the board told The Telegraph: “This sudden decision by the Centre is certain to have an adverse affect on Bihar. We would sit down and evaluate the extent to which this cut would have an impact on the state. The power cut may go up to 181MW.”

The official believed that the Centre’s decision may have been prompted by the drought Bihar faced few months ago. The Centre had given an additional 100MW of electricity to Bihar after the state government declared 28 districts as drought-hit demanded an assistance of Rs 5062.75 crore besides 350MW of electricity for irrigation purpose.

The BSEB has been facing a lot of difficulty in managing the power consumption as its own thermal power generation is around 120-130MW from each of its thermal power plant in Barauni and Kanti, besides drawing 58MW of hydro-electric generation.

From whatever power it gets from the central sector on daily basis against the state’s allocation, the board has to provide at least 413MW to Patna besides 350MW for essential services, including 60MW to Nepal (as per agreement with Central government), 90MW to railways, 75MW to continuous process industries, 35MW to defence, airports, agriculture university, dairy etc. It provides another 20MW to power houses, 20MW for Buddhist tourist circuit and 50MW is lost in transmission.

Source – The Telegraph

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SUMIT KUMAR

Executive at India Electron Exchange

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