Nabinagar: The foundation stone
for construction of 1980 MW Nabinagar Thermal Power Generating
Company (NPGC), to be set up jointly by Bihar State
Electricity Board (BSEB) and NTPC at an investment of Rs 13000
crore was laid by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday.
The work on the first mega power project in the state
would be completed within a stipulated period of five years
and meet the state`s demand for electricity, official sources
The foundation stone was laid after Kumar personally
met a farmers delegation in Patna on January 25 and 26 and
amicably sorted out the problems related to acquisition of
Speaking at the programme, he assured villagers of
steps for their resettlement and rehabilitation and said
compensation of Rs 21 lakh per acre would be paid to farmers
whose lands have been acquired for the plant.
He also directed Aurangabad district magistrate to
take the responsibility of rehabilitation and resettlement of
those being displaced in accordance with their choices.
A total 2833 acres have been acquired for setting up
the plant, the construction of which was obstructed by angry
locals demanding adequate compensation for acquiring their
plots, the sources said.