Cabinet nod for 2 power projects in Bihar

With a view to find long-term solution to the acute power crisis facing Bihar, the state cabinet on Tuesday gave its nod for setting up two coal-based thermal power projects with a capacity of 1320MW each.

The power plants will come up at Chausa in Buxar district and Kajra in Lakhisarai district and will have two units of 660MW each. The Chausa plant will be set up at cost of Rs 6,795 crore. The cabinet also gave sanction for investment by private parties at both the places.

Cabinet approval was also given for constructing an international-level museum on Bailey road, for which some official bungalows would be demolished. Giving this information, cabinet secretary Ravikant said the cabinet had given nod to a consultant for construction of the museum.

He further said that the government would seek Rs 708 crore ($153.9 million) loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for execution of Bihar Power Sector Development programmes. The money would be spent for strengthening of power transmission and distribution network in the state. A sum of Rs 100 crore – 14% of the loan amount — would be given to Bihar State Electricity Board as loan. A sum of Rs 10 crore would be made available from the contingency fund for land acquisition.

The government has given clearance for setting up a traffic police station in Bhagalpur, Ravikant said and added that a sum of Rs 536.29 crore was sanctioned for payment of salary to serving panchayat and block teachers of primary and secondary schools. It has been decided to help Dumraon Textiles Ltd to aid in its revival.

The cabinet also endorsed the notification issued under the Bihar Public Service Right Act, 2011 by which 20 public utility services – like issuance of car licence, its renewal, issuance of land possession certificate, police clearance for passport etc — will be provided within a certain time frame.

Ravikant added the government had also worked out modalities for bearing the cost of education of 25% schoolchildren belonging to poor section of the society admitted to different schools in pursuance of the Right to Education Act.

Source:The Times of India

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