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Funds for power dues

Patna, Dec. 24: The cabinet today approved Rs 39.17 crore to Patna University for payment of electricity dues to the Bihar State Electricity Board.

Cabinet coordination committee principal secretary Vijoy Prakash said: “Under the non-plan expenditure, the university has been granted the amount.” Sources said power dues in many colleges under Patna University had been accumulated over the years. A few years back, the university stopped paying money to the colleges for electricity charges claiming that the institutes can do the same using their internal resources.

In another major cabinet decision, the government has undergone a tie-up with the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam for establishment of the Buxar thermal power project. According to the agreement, all the investments will be borne by the Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigan. Once operational, the state electricity board will get 85 per of power generation while Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam can sell 15 per cent of power generated. Prakash added that as power consumption in the state had increased recently, Bihar State Power Holding Company Ltd and Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd have agreed for setting up a joint venture for strengthening more supply.

The cabinet, as part of modernising the Special Task Force (STF), has sanctioned Rs 24.18 crore for establishment of STF buildings in Patna, Gaya, Munger and Muzaffarpur. The funds have been sanctioned as part of STF operations. Prakash added that the cabinet also decided to revise the special allowance for security personnel deployed for chief minister and former chief ministers.

The cabinet also gave its nod for acquisition of 100 acres for expansion and development of Gaya international airport. Praksah said apart from giving its nod for acquisition of 100 acres, the cabinet also granted Rs 25 crore for infrastructure development of the airport.


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