New Delhi: Extending a helping hand to power-starved Bihar, the Centre has agreed to allocate 50 percent of electricity from upcoming 1320 MW NTPC's Barh unit in Patna district.
It has also agreed to expeditiously take up the fuel linkage issue related to Barauni expansion with the Coal Ministry.
The assurance was given by Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde in a recent letter written to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar who had last month led an an all-party delegation to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the power situation in the state.
The delegation had sought 50 percent of power generated at NTPC's two upcoming plants in the state, including the stage II of Barh unit and Kahalgaon as is being done in the case of 14 NTPC units coming up in different states.
They had also sought coal linkages to expansion plans of 500 MW Barauni thermal power unit in the state.
"Ministry of Power agrees to allocate 50 percent of power from Barh STPS stage-II (1320 MW) to Bihar," Shinde said.
In his letter, he said as immediate help DVC (Damodar Valley Corporation) will supply 100 MW of power to Bihar. "Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) may ensure payment security and sign suitable agreement with DVC at the earliest to get power supply started," he told Kumar.
Further, NTPC's Nabinagar stage-II will be expanded to 3x660 MW instead of 2x660 MW, he said adding NTPC has been advised to tie-up the requisite inputs urgently in consultation with Bihar government.
On coal linkage for two upcoming units of 250 MW each at Barauni, Shinde said: "Bihar may apply for coal block allocation for case-II projects at Lakhisarai, Pirpainti and Buxar etc. Ministry of Power will recommend for allocation of coal blocks to Ministry of Coal," Shinde said.
In fact, per capita electricity consumption of Gurgaon is much more than Bihar at 1,265 KwH. Chairman of the Aditya Birla Group Kumar Mangalam Birla had said during the global summit on Bihar, held in Patna in February this year, that heavy industry captains are hesitant in investing in the state without proper electricity supply.


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