Patna/New Delhi: Thanking the Centre for allocating 1183 MW power from two upcoming NTPC's plants at Barh, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has urged the Union government to earmark 15 percent of the unallocated power from the two plants to the electricity-starved state.

In a letter to Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, Kumar urged for 15 per cent of the unallocated power from both Stage I (3X660 MW) and II (2X660 MW)of Barh plants to meet the state's increasing power demand.

Sources in the power ministry in New Delhi said if Bihar's request is accepted, it would get an extra about 73 MW power.

While unallocated power from Barh-I unit stood at 297 MW, it is 198 MW in the case of Barh-II project, the sources said.

Extending a helping hand, the Centre agreed to allocate 1183 MW additional power to the state, around 300 MW more than it could have got in normal circumstances, from upcoming two NTPC's Barh units in Patna district.

The Union Power Ministry has agreed to provide 660 MW and 523 MW power from the upcoming Barh-I and Barh-II units of NTPC. This has been conveyed to the state government.

In his letter on Saturday, Nitish, however, expressed disappointment with the Centre for allocating only 26.42 percent power from the stage I unit comprising 1980 MWs, against his demand for 50 per cent.

While Barh-I unit of NTPC is anticipated to be completed in 2015-16, Barh-II unit is expected to start functioning from 2014-15, the power ministry sources said.

Facing acute electricity shortage, Bihar had been vigorously pursuing the Centre to give it additional power.

Kumar had in April last led an all-party delegation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking 50 per cent of power generated at NTPC's two upcoming plants in the state, including the stage II of Barh unit and from Kahalgaon unit.

JD(U) Chief Sharad Yadav had met the Prime Minister two days ago and sought his help in grant of coal linkages for two power plant units run by the state in Barauni.

Bihar at present is drawing 1570 MW power mainly from NTPC plants ,while the state requires around 5000 MW.

With 1183 MW additional power supply from two NTPC projects at Barh and another 1738 MW from upcoming power plants at Nabinagar and Kahalgaon, Bihar is expected to get 4671 MW of electricity during the 12th Five Year plan.

Per capita electricity consumption in Bihar is about 75 Kwh (Kilowatt per hour) as compared to all India average of 600 KWH.


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