Ranchi, July 5: State energy minister Rajendra Prasad Singh today painted a rosy picture as far as Jharkhand’s power prospect is concerned, saying that the state would not only produce sufficient electricity, but would also cater to other states in the near future.
The Congress leader made the assertions while delivering the inaugural address at Energising Jharkhand 2014, a conference on the power sector that was organised by the state office of Indian Chamber of Commerce at a Ranchi hotel today. Around 30 representatives from various industrial houses attended the meet.
“Though big-ticket power projects like Koel-Karo could not materialise in the past due to problems related to displacement and rehabilitation, the state has now embarked on installing new units for augmentation of power generation that will help improve the scenario,” Singh said.
Chairman of Jharkhand Urja Vikas Nigam Limited (JUVNL) S.N. Verma agreed.
“Even now there is no power shortage in Jharkhand though there are some problems in the transmission and distribution system that are being addressed,” Verma said.
Ten new power grids are being developed at a cost of Rs 1,300 crore, of which at least three will be operational by this year-end, improving the power situation in Dumka, Madhupur and Giridih.
Verma said two new coal-based power plants with a capacity of 1,320MW each have been approved at Patratu and Bhavanathpur (Garhwa). A proposal for another unit at Patratu is being sent for cabinet’s approval. Ten more plants will be set up.