Bihar will have adequate power by FY16: Minister

PATNA: Energy minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav on Wednesday said that Bihar would have sufficient power by the year 2015-16 as many units including Nabinagar thermal power plant would become operational and renovation of Barauni and Kanti power units would be completed. Besides, the Centre has okayed coal linkages to the proposed Kajra and Pirpainti power plants. The cumulative generation from all these power units would definitely put the state on the power map of India, the minister said.

The minister was replying to a debate on the first supplementary budget amounting to over Rs 108 crore of the energy department and related appropriation bill in the legislative assembly. The House passed both the supplementary budget and related appropriation bill by voice vote amid walkout by the entire opposition.

As the House resumed its business in the post-lunch session, the opposition members including those of the Congress and RJD rushed to the well of the House demanding CBI probe into the BIADA land allotment scam. RJD members, including Raghvendra Singh, Bhai Narendra and Samrat Chowdhary, raised slogans like “Hai sushasan, kaam kushasan”, “Mukhyamantri ishtifa do”, “Bhrasta mantri ko jail bhejo” etc. Later, the opposition members staged a walkout.

The energy minister said that by the end of 2012, the power scenario would start improving. The state would also get power from Bhutan and Arunachal Pradesh. This apart, the government is planning to construct 200 biomass units for power generation. Besides, 1,400 husk power system units would be set up to provide power to villages. He further mentioned that solar power units with a capacity to 2 HP pump would be provided to farmers so that they could irrigate their farms. The farmers would have to bear only 10% of the cost and the rest would be borne by the state government. The Central government also gives subsidy on such solar units, he added.

The minister, however, appealed to the members of the House to help the state electricity board in revenue collection.

Source: TOI

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