New Delhi: It seems Bihar would have to wait longer to meet the power shortage, as the state is unlikely to get more electricity from the central quota.

According to a report of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), the country is facing a shortage of 10.3 percent in power generation in respect to the total demand. Based on the power generation status, it is not possible for the Central government to accept Bihar’s demand of raising central quota.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had met Union Energy Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde a few days back to put forth the need of power in the state. Kumar had discussed the issue of sharing the power generated in two hydro-electric power plants in Bhutan with Minister of External Affairs S M Krishna.

The CEA report declares Bihar as the worst badly affected state with 28 percent less power supply.
As per the report, 69 crore unit is being supplied against a demand of 96.8 crore unit of power in Bihar. The state is able to supply only 1400 megawatt even in the peak hour power demand of 2123 megawatt.

CEA report also gives a nationwide power supply scenario. According to the report, the western and southern regions of the country face more power shortage than the eastern regions.
At present there is a 14.5 and 11.2 percent less power supply in the southern and western regions, respectively.

In the eastern states, there is an estimated 11 percent less power supply. As Orissa is self dependent in power supply, states like Bihar and West Bengal face the power shortage crisis more.

Amongst the southern states,Tamil Nadu has a bad condition of power supply and is spending Rs 50 crore daily for purchasing power. The state witnesses load shedding everyday to manage a power shortage of 1500 megawatt.

According to the CEA report, Madhya Pradesh has a 19.1 percent less power supply in comparison with demand, Maharashtra has 16.9, Uttar Pradesh has 9.6, Jammu & Kashmir has 9.4, Tamil Nadu has 8.4 and Karnataka has 7.6 percent less power supply against the demand.

JPN/Bureau