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The power holding company will soon assign interested agencies the work of strengthening the state’s distribution network.
North Bihar Power Distribution Company and South Bihar Power Distribution Company would strengthen, improve and augment the distribution network in all the districts at an estimated cost of Rs 2,423 crore.
The project would be taken up under the Centre’s Backward Regions Grant Fund.
The North Bihar Power Distribution company would conduct the work in 21 districts for around Rs 1,553 crore. Rest of the districts would be taken care of by the South Bihar Power Distribution Company.
Both companies would carry out the work through agencies selected in a competitive bidding.
The process has been initiated and sources said parties interested can submit their bids by August 28.
Senior officials in the Bihar State Power (Holding) Company expect that the project would be awarded by October. Once it starts, the work has to be completed in 18-24 months.
The work involves the construction of 33/11KV power sub-stations, augmentation of power transformers and distribution transformers, installation of 33KV lines.
Renovation and modernisation of 33KV lines, laying of new 11KV lines and low-tension lines and renovation of old 11KV lines and low-tension lines would also be undertaken.
These measures, an attempt to provide power in all parts of the state, would be carried out in two phases of the special plan of Backward Regions Grant Fund.
The power company has also chalked out a detailed plan to tackle the power supply demand target of 2016-17. According to the 17th Electric Power Survey conducted by the Central Electricity Authority, Bihar would need around 6,750MW daily.
The distribution companies have been supplying power between 2,200MW and 2,400MW since March this year. On July 29, Bihar received a record 2,570MW power.
The energy sector is an important area for the government, which has even allocated Rs 9,200 crore to it out of Rs 12,000-crore special plan to be spent in the next few years.