Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday asked authorities to replace faulty electricity transformers within 24 hours in urban areas and 72 hours in rural regions for efficient power supply in the state.

During a review meeting of state energy department, he directed the officials to meet this target. Nitish stressed on preparing a plan for efficient transmission network for bringing power consumption and production on a par with the national level, an official statement said in Patna.

Kumar ordered to set up a control room in the state electricity board to take feedback over electricity supply condition and complaints related to it.

He also took stock of situation relating to changing of 72,000 km of electricity wires in the state which are in bad condition. Out of this, 19,000 km of wires have been replaced while work was in progress on rest, he said.

The meeting also reviewed renovation work in power plants at Kanti and Barauni and status of new power projects. Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Power minister Vijendra Yadav and Chief Secretary A K Sinha participated in the meeting.

Kumar has on several occasion said improving power condition was top priority of the government. He had even said he would not seek vote in next Assembly elections in 2015 if his government failed to increase power supply in the state.

(Agencies)

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