Patna: The first private sector thermal plant in power-starved Bihar will become operational by April 2014, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said on Tuesday. The first unit of (2X640MW) thermal power plant, situated near Bausa block in Banka district is being constructed by M/S JAS Infrastructure Capital Pvt Ltd.

The power developer had been alloted coal linkage from Jharkhand in 2004 and has invested Rs 2,077 crore out of estimated investment of Rs 14,764 crore, he told reporters.

Modi said he has recently reviewed the project's progress works.

He asked the Centre to consider allocation of 50 percent power from proposed public sector thermal power plants in Bihar in view of its power crunch.

Modi said BJP, to which he belongs, will organise a massive rally at the Gandhi Maidan here to highlight discrimination on power vis-a-vis rejection of special category demand and coal linkage to the power plants in the state.

(Agencies)

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