Bihar big leap towards ‘power’- New Thermal Power Project to start in Aurangabad

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PATNA: “Bihar has attempted a big leap today towards self-sufficiency in power generation,” said chief minister Nitish Kumar after he broke a coconut and laid the stone of a 1980MW thermal power project at Shivanpur in Aurangabad district on Saturday.

The Nabinagar Power Generating Company Pvt Ltd project, a joint venture of NTPC and Bihar State Electricity Board, is to be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 12,965 crore. It will have three units with capacity to generate 660MW each in the first phase likely to be commissioned by 2015. The mega project requires 2,833 acres of land at the site, including 1,872 acres of private land.

Some highlights of this power plant are: The power plan is being contructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 12,965 crores. It will have 3 units of 660MW each in the first phase. Two more units of 660MW each will be constructed in the subsequent phases. The first phase is likely to be commissioned by 2015. Total land required for the project is 2,833 acres out of which 1,872 acres is private land. Farmers whose land has been acquired will get a compensation at the rate of Rs. 21 lakh per acre.
Bihar will get 70% of the power generated by this power plant.
A great step toward improving the electricity situation in Bihar and attracting more industries.
This Power project was first approved in early 2010 and the central government had also approved coal linkages in March 2010 (Coal linkage for two 660Mega Watts plants). However it has taken almost 2 years after clearing the coal linkages to move ahead on this project. The main hurdles on the way was getting a central government approval to use the water from Ganga for the power plant and the second hurdle was land acquisition.

Overall a good step in the right direction. More details about the Thermal power plant can be found in the Times of India article - Bihar big leap towards ‘power’

Addressing a gathering on the occasion, the CM referred to the land acquisition hiccups that sort of delayed work on the project and said each displaced person would be rehabilitated and the farmers whose land has been acquired would get compensation at the rate of Rs 21 lakh per acre. The CM said by December 31, 2009, and the company received necessary sanction from different ministries. But the land acquisition process faced stumbling blocks as the issues raised by the affected farmers were not understood.

“During my Seva Yatra in Aurangabad, I paid a surprise visit to the region and had a first-hand feel of the problems the farmers foresaw,” he said and added he later sent JD-U leader Dr L B Singh to talk to the farmers and invite them for talks to Patna. After the completion of the first phase, the CM said, two more units of 660MW each would be installed for which a memorandum of understanding had already been signed with NTPC.

“Bihar will get 70% of the power generated at this thermal station,” he said and added more such projects would be initiated provided there was availability of land. “We should take a pledge to extend full cooperation to power generation in the state and write a new history of Bihar’s progress. More power generation will bring jobs, factories and prosperity,” he said and asked the NTPC to complete the project in time.

Source: Times of India

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