Patna Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Wednesday demanded a thorough inquiry into the alleged payment of kickbacks by the Russian company for procuring the Rs 2066 crore contract for the construction of NTPC power plant at Barh.
He, however, said that the project should not be delayed further because of the ongoing inquiry and completed at the earliest.
The Chief Minister, who was instrumental in bringing the project to his then parliamentary constituency, said that the project was sanctioned after many efforts by the then NDA government led by A B Vajpayee. “As per its initial schedule, the first unit of the project was to be commissioned by 2008 and the entire project was to be completed by 2009. However, the project has been delayed inordinately for one reason or the other,” he said.
He asked the Centre to find out the names of the recipients of kickbacks and initiate suitable action against them. “Since Bihar faces acute power crisis, the Barh NTPC project was quite crucial for the state. The Centre should ensure that it was completed at all costs,” he added.