‘State to have surplus power by 2015-16’
PATNA: Bihar energy minister Vijendra Prasad Yadav on Saturday informed the state legislative assembly the state would supply 4,000MW powerto other states by 2015-16 as it would have 8,200MW by then. He was replying to a debate on a cut motion on the energy department’s budgetary demand of over Rs 4,261 crore for 2012-13.
The cut motion, initiated by Jitendra Rai (RJD), was later defeated amid walkout by RJD members. The minister said the power scenario remained grim in the state for years because successive governments since 1977 did not make any move to bring in investments in power sector. The Centre allocates just 1,772MW to the state against the requirement of 2,500MW.
But the state actually gets only 800-900MW. He said the Barauni thermal power station was set up with the capacity to generate 110MW in 1960s. Such a low-capacity unit was not set up anywhere in the country and, as such, the state faced difficulty in getting spares for its renovation work. Now BHEL has agreed to do the renovation work during the next fiscal year.
He said work on the Nabinagar thermal power station project is on. It will generate 2,000MW by 2015-16. Further, two units of 600MW each will be set up in Motihari and Darbhanga. The Barh thermal power station will become operational by 2013, Yadavsaid.