New Delhi: Work has started on the Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded project of Rs 650 crore in seven towns of power starved Bihar for upgrading electricity transmission lines to cut down the losses.

The project will be completed by June 2016, said sources in the Power Ministry, which facilitated the loan.

The seven towns selected for the scheme are Biharsharif in Nalanda (home district of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar), Motihari, Bettiah, Ara, Buxar, Samastipur and Begusarai.

The purpose is to cut down distribution losses, the sources said, adding that they have a serious bearing on the state that is already facing power shortage.

As part of the project new wire and cable would be laid down, besides the installation of quality transformers to increase frequency of the supply, the sources said.

Bihar is facing serious power crisis at present. It is drawing 1,570 MW power mainly from NTPC plants, while the state requires around 5,000 MW.

Per capita electricity consumption in Bihar is about 75 Kwh (Kilowatt per hour) as compared to all India average of 600 KWH. Unavailability of power has been a major reason for heavy industries not going in the eastern state.


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