Power plant transfer

The proposal to hand over the assets of the Bihar State Power Generation Company Ltd to NTPC was discussed in detail at a meeting on Friday that chief minister Nitish Kumar chaired to review performance of the power department.

By TT Bureau in Patna
  • Published 25.11.17
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Patna: The proposal to hand over the assets of the Bihar State Power Generation Company Ltd to NTPC was discussed in detail at a meeting on Friday that chief minister Nitish Kumar chaired to review performance of the power department.

The meeting discussed handling over the Barauni thermal plant, Kanti thermal plant and NPGCL Nabinagar plant to the NTPC.

The power generated by NTC from these thermal plants will be used by Bihar.

Power department principal secretary Prataya Amrit said the move to hand over thermal plants to NTPC came up when Union power minister R.K. Singh met chief minister Nitish Kumar in Patna.

"The CM told the Union minister that since NTPC was running a number of thermal plants in Bihar it should take over the rest," Amrit said.

Bihar, officials said, would benefit from the move not only in terms of the availability of energy but also get it at a cheaper rate.

"If Barauni thermal plant today is selling at Rs 6 per unit, NTPC will be able to sell it at Rs 4 per unit. It means cheaper power for Bihar as the NTPC gets loans at a much cheaper rate than we do and the problem of having to bring in coal will also be over," an official said.

The review meeting discussed the extension of a railway line from Koderma in Jharkhand to Rajgir for making bringing in coal to the NTPC Barh plant easier. The meeting also discussed establishing solar power plants in Kajra in Lakhisaria and Pirpaati in Bhagalpur. Both these solar power plants are to be set up by the NTPC.

Nitish reminded officials about his commitment to power connection for all.

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