Bihar on course to realise quality power supply: CM
cities Updated: May 11, 2017 17:28 IST
PATNA Chief minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday said that the state was on course to meet the target of electrifying all villages and habitats by 2017 and providing power to all by 2018, following which, the focus would be on meeting all requirements for supply of quality power.
Speaking at a function organised by energy department to inaugurate and lay the foundation for projects worth Rs 2,650 crore, Kumar said the journey towards achieving self-reliance in energy to fulfil the dream of power for all—now a key component of seven resolves of his government—has been arduous. “But our efforts are yielding results and getting noticed at national level,” he said.
Expressing satisfaction over Centre’s recognition of state’s latest initiative to introduce sector specific subsidy reform as model worth replicating, Kumar said, “This time, I asked the officials to approach the energy regulatory commission to fix tariff rates with zero subsidy. It left the right to decide on subsidy to various categories of consumers in the hands of the government,” he said.
Kumar said, now the whole system will be more transparent. Energy bills will reflect the units of power consumed, the amount of subsidy and the net charges to be paid. Though the amount of subsidy outgo will be higher, it will also persuade energy companies to improve efficiency through timely distribution and collection of bills, he said, adding “transmission losses have to be checked.”
The chief minister urged public representatives and officials to create awareness for switching to power efficient bulbs (LED) and equipment and put out lights, when not in use. “Use of energy saving electrical items will cut down energy bills, power requirement, subsidy burden and the need to generate more”, he said.
In a lighter vein, Kumar said that he was wary of the fact that the recent award to Nalanda district (his home district), for excellent work in rural electrification, might not become a subject of “interpretation”. “Today one district has been recognised. I will like that ongoing work in the state is recognised and appreciated in the country one day,” Kumar added.
Deputy CM Tejashwi Prasad Yadav praised Kumar’s determination to work towards making 24x7 supply of power a reality in the state. “People should support the endeavour by saying no to power theft and use only metered energy,” he said.
Energy minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav said that those (BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi) trying to corner the government on ‘apni bijli’ (own power generation capacity) would get an answer by year end. Principal secretary Pratyaya Amrit said only 633 villages were left to be electrified, while managing director of South Bihar Power Distribution Company R Laksmanan proposed a vote of thanks.
TRANSPARENT SYSTEM CM says energy bills will reflect power consumed, subsidy amount, net charges; subsidy outgo will be higher, but move to persuade energy companies improve efficiency through timely distribution and collection of bills
THE ROAD AHEAD
• CM says supply of quality power is the last mile quest in journey towards power to all
• Sector-specific subsidy regime will lead to transparency and efficiency improvement
• Replacement of old transmission wires and use of new technology will stabilise quality
• Asks public representatives and officials to popularise solar energy and misuse of power