• Bihar:State eyes 4,000MW of power from December

    Senior officials in state energy department, while addressing a function to mark the fourth foundation day of Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited (BSPHCL) and its four subsidiaries on Tuesday, said the state would be able to meet its daily power demand of 4,000MW by December this year.
    “The state requires around 4,000MW of power daily. As of now, the overall power supply in the state stands at 3,769MW. We have set a target to increase the power supply to 4,000MW from all sources taken together based on augmentation of existing power transmission and distribution capacity,” said H R Pandey, deputy general manager (public relations), Bihar State Power Holding Corporation (BSPHC).
    As things stand now, maximum power allocation from the central sector stands at 3,003MW. The state is also getting 100MW of power from its Kanti thermal power unit. Besides, 1,010MW is purchased from open market for which short-term and long-term agreements have been signed with different power producers.
    Besides, the state energy department is also working on a proposal to provide electricity connections to all houses in Bihar over the next 24 months. BSPHC is slated to commence work on providing electricity connection to around 48 lakh above poverty line (APL) families in the rural areas in the state from November 15 under the seven resolves programme of chief minister Nitish Kumar. The survey for the electrification work has almost completed, except for around six districts, where it is in the final stages. CM Nitish Kumar has set the target of 2017-end for completion of electrification work under the mission.
    “The district survey for the electrification work is almost complete and the bidding process is also underway. All APL families, which do not have access to power, would be provided electric connection under the mission,” said Pratyaya Amrit, chairman-cum-managing director of Bihar State Power Holding Company. “We have been able to create an identity of our own through team work and high work ethics and standards,” Pratyaya added.
    Energy department officials claimed that per capita power consumption in Bihar has increased from 144 units in 2012 to 258 units in 2015-16. Besides, power availability in the state is likely to increase by over 200MW once the two units of 110MW each at Barauni Thermal Power Station, where renovation and modernisation work has been done, become functional. Work is also going on at the same thermal power station for commissioning of two more units of 250MW each. Nathan Peterman Jersey

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