The State Government has agreed in principle to set up a 1320 MW mega thermal power project in joint collaboration with the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).
This will be in addition to the 1000 MW thermal power plant the NTPC proposes to set up in collaboration with the Railways.
Confirming this, Energy Secretary Rajesh Gupta told the Hindustan Times that a 660 MW x 2 unit mega power project would be set up at Nabinagar on a 50-50 equity sharing basis between the State Government and the NTPC.
"The State will get 75 per cent share of the total power generated from here while 10 per cent will go out of the State through the central power pool and 15 per cent will be reserved for unallocated share under control of the Union Power Ministry."
The NTPC had initially proposed to give Bihar only 50 per cent power share to which the State Government had vehemently objected.
Having decided in principle for the joint venture project, the Energy Department would now obtain the State Government's formal approval and place the matter before the cabinet this month itself, Energy Secretary Rajesh Gupta added.
The Energy Secretary further said the NTPC had also agreed to take up distribution franchisee in Patna, Bhagalpur and Muzaffarpur. Union Power Secretary RV Shahi, during his visit to the State Capital last month, had asked the government to appoint franchisees for power distribution in all cities of the State.
The decision to have a joint venture between the State Government and the NTPC at Nabinagar was taken following a meeting convened by Union Power Secretary Shahi and attended by Chief Secretary AK Chaudhry and BSEB Member (Technical) Swapan Mukherjee in New Delhi on January 30.
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