New Delhi: Energy-starved Bihar on Tuesday asked the Centre to allocate at least two coal blocks to upcoming power projects in the state and provide 50 percent of supply from 2,340-MW Kahalgaon plant to help overcome electricity scarcity.

While speaking at state power ministers conference here, Bihar Energy Minister Vijendra Prasad Yadav requested the Centre to earmark at least two coal blocks for fuel supply to Barauni Thermal power plant and other upcoming power projects.

Two units of 250 MW each are being added to Barauni plant, the only thermal power unit of the Bihar government.

Yadav said that the plant urgently requires coal linkages as all other formalities have been completed.

He said Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had recently led a delegation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and submitted a memorandum to this effect.

The minister said that 50 percent of power supply from the Kahalgaon plant should be given to the state. The two- stage project has total power generation capacity of 2,340 MW.

Yadav also urged the Power ministry to provide 15 percent unallocated power from two upcoming NTPC units at Barh in Patna district.

Against total power allocation of 1,829 MW from the central government, the state, which has per capita electricity consumption of 122.11 units against 778.71 units at national level, is getting only 900 MW, he said.

Power supply to the state had dropped further in this summer season triggering acute problem of irrigation and drinking water, Yadav added.

He also demanded expeditious action by Nuclear Power Corporation of India for establishment of nuclear power plant in the state.

Yadav said that despite accounting for nearly 9 percent of the country's population, Bihar with negligible power generation potential is languishing at the bottom of energy table.

After bifurcation of Jharkhand in 2000, Bihar inherited only 30 percent of the power generation capacity that also in a dilapidated condition, he said, adding due to this the state is totally dependent on the Centre for its fuel needs.

He made a strong case for additional power supply from 2000 MW NHPC's Subhansree hydel power project in Arunachal Pradesh and Satluj Jal Vidhyut Nigam (SJVN) Aruna hydel power project in Nepal which is expected to be commissioned in 2016-17.

The Bihar Energy minister said that the infrastructure available for Rajiv Gandhi Rural Electrification project does not fulfil the needs of rural areas of the state.

"Considering the ground reality of Bihar there is a need for restructuring of the project in the state," he added.


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