Patna: Taking account of developmental activities done by Nitish-led government, it is equally important to metion here that the budget presentation of the government in the State Assembly has not even allocated a reasonable outlay plan for energy sector.

This issue raised by Greenpeace India, an environment protection organisation which pulled up the state government  for going back on its promises, especially on renewable energy.

"The Budget of any government shows the vision and the direction that the state is going to take in the next five years. This Budget sadly lacks the vision," Ramapati Kumar, campaign manager of Greenpeace India, said.

The JD-U and the BJP had mentioned a renewable energy policy for the state and measures to improve generation capacity and investment for renewable energy in their manifestos. The JD (U) had promised to allocate Rs 8,466 crore for 21 projects to generate 988 MW of electricity over the next five years, he recalled.

However, the government has allocated only a little more than Rs.71 crore, just 4.24 percent of the total energy budget, Kumar rued.

Arpana Udupa, climate and energy campaigner with Greenpeace India, said: "It is evident that, for the development of both the people and of the state of Bihar, finding solutions to the energy crisis is going to be absolutely necessary. No government can afford to ignore the role renewable energy can play in delivering this."

Bihar is reeling under a power crisis. It has the lowest per capita power consumption - 93 units as against the national average of 715 units - and the highest peak deficit at 33.7 percent.

A Greenpeace India study said Bihar needs an energy revolution now and decentralised renewable energy can fuel that change.

(Agencies)