On Bihar Power Crisis
March 27th, 2011

Bihar Energy Minister Birendra Prasad Yadav said that the state was depending on power supply received under Central allocation as its internal generation capacity was very low.

Making a statement in Bihar state Assembly, Mr Yadav said the Central quota of power for the state was about 1792 MW while the actual supply under central allocation was only about 800 MW per day.

Since the generation capacity of the state is negligible, it has to manage its power requirements from the central allocation.

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.

Mr Yadav said the state government had taken steps to revive the Barauni thermal power stations and its two units were generating about 50 MW per day under trial. The state government intended to increase the power generation capacity to bridge the gap between demand and supply in power sector, he added.

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