Bihar government is now planning a quantum leap in the power generation. The state government has stated that during the next five years, it will annually extend its capacity by 1,000 MW. The state government has also aimed to make Bihar a power surplus state within 5 years.
“We have already promised that we will improve the power situation by 2015,” power minister Vijayendra Yadav today told state assembly, “or else, we will not ask people to vote for us in next assembly elections. For this, we have laid out a very extensive strategy. The state government’s power plants at Muzaffarpur and Barauni will be renovated and ready for use by the end of next year. From these units, we will get 440 MW. The extension of these power plants is also underway, which will be finished by 2014 (Muzaffarpur) and 2015 (Barauni). It will increase our capacity by another 900 MW. Then, Barh NTPC will also begin generation, from where we are scheduled to get almost 1,200 MW.”
He added, “The state government has also been successful in procuring 100 MW from Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC). We have also done long term power purchase agreements with private players, which will provide us almost 500 MW from 2015. We hope that by 2016-17, we will have 5,000 MW. On the demand side, we today have a peak demand of 2,500 MWs. We do not expect it to higher than 4,000 MW by 2016-17. Therefore, we will be a power surplus state in five years.”
He also commented on the works undertaken in transmission sector. The minister stated, “We also acknowledge the need of revamp of transmission lines in the state. For this, we are planning to set up a joint venture with PowerGrid Corporation, a well known PSU in this sector. It will take care of the transmission needs of the state for no less than 25 years. The MoU in this regard will soon be signed.” The central government is also setting up in new grids in the state, which will help the Bihar Government to accommodate the extra power. Yadav said, “Central government is planning to set up new grids at Banka, Darbhanga, Motihari and Kishanganj. These new grid will help us in accommodating the extra power, which will we get by 2015.”