Nitish writes to PM seeking hydel electricity from Bhutan

Last Updated: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 21:07

Patna: Faced with an acute shortage of
electricity in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said
he has written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
seeking an equity in India`s share of power being generated by
the hydel plants in Bhutan.



"I have urged the Prime Minister to give Bihar an
equity in the hydel power projects, both operational and in
pipeline, in the Himalayan Kingdom with Indian assistance," he
told reporters on the sidelines of the `Mukhyamatri Ka Janata
Darbar` at his official residence.

Kumar, who visited Bhutan last week, said Bhutan has vast
potential in the hydel power sector with a potential
generation capacity of 10,000 MW in addition to an operational
project producing 1500 MW.



The Chief Minister was all praise for the Himalayan
kingdom and its people and said he had discussions with the
Bhutanese authorities about encouraging tourists from either
side to visit each other in view of the shared socio-cultural
and religious ethos between Bihar and Bhutan.

PTI



First Published: Monday, May 9, 2011 - 21:07

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