Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday set three stiff targets for the Bihar State PowerHolding Company Limited (BSPHCL) – implementation of ‘Har Ghar Bijli’ scheme of the state government by December this year, creation of agriculture feeders by March next year and replacement of old transmission lines by 2020.
Addressing a function at Vidyut Bhavan here after laying foundation stones, inaugurating and dedicating to people different projects of the energy department worth Rs 7,522.38 crore through remote control, the CM said though not a single district had been fully covered under the Har Ghar Bijli programme of the state government till May this year, the BSPHCL succeeded in accomplishing the target in 17 of the 38 districts in the following three months. “The remaining 21 districts should be covered by December this year,” he added.
The CM laid the foundation stones for new projects worth Rs 4,672.46 crore, inaugurated projects involving an expenditure of Rs 1,420.94 crore and dedicated to people some fully functional projects worth Rs 1,428.98 crore.
The CM said availability of power in the state increased from 700MW in 2005 to 1,751MW in 2012 and 5,000MW till July this year. “A sum of Rs 4,137 crore has been earmarked for the payment of subsidy to power consumers during 2018-19,” he said. The CM added while NTPC will generate power from Kanti, Barauni and Nabinagar thermal power plants, the government has also decided to open two solar power plants to generate 250MW of power at Kajra in Lakhisarai and 225 MW of power at Pirpainty in Bhagalpur.
The CM also lauded the BSPHCL for improving its billing system, preventing power theft and bringing aggregate transmission and commercial (AT&C) losses from 40% to 33%. “The pre-paid meters will go a long way in controlling power consumption,” the CM said.
The CM also inaugurated the newly established library, common room for women staff and an auditorium at Vidyut Bhavan.
State energy department principal secretary-cum-BSPHCL chief managing director Pratyaya Amrit assured the CM that the remaining 21 districts would be covered under the Har Ghar Bijli programme in the next three months. He said engineers and officials have been working on rural electrification programme under “mission mode”.
Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi and energy minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav also spoke on the occasion. Among others, the programme was attended by chief secretary Deepak Kumar, principal secretary to CM Chanchal Kumar and senior BSPHCL officials.