Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar
on Tuesday requested Union Power Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to
ensure central assistance to make the state self-suffient in
energy and accord priority to coal linkages for expanding
Barauni thermal power plant.
Kumar, who met Shinde along with a high level
delegation during the day, drew his attention to the shortage
of power in the state and discussed the projects pending in
the energy sector, official sources said.
The chief minister also requested Shinde to ensure
allocation of coal linkage and coal blocks for other power
projects in Bihar.
He later told newsmen that Shinde had assured him of
making special effort at the next meeting for allocation of
coal linkages to meet his request on Barauni Thermal power
Bihar would get around 650 MW after execution of NTPC
project phase II in Patna district, Kumar said.
Union power secretary P Yadav, state energy minister
Bijendra Prasad Yadav, chief secretary Navin Kumar, state
energy secretary Ajay Nayak, NTPC-CMD A R Choudhary, state
development commissioner A K Sinha, BSEB chairman P K Rai,
PGCIL CMD R N Naik were also present during the meeting.