Bihar blames Centre for power crisis

Patna: Bihar government on Saturday held the Centre responsible for the deepening power crisis in most parts of the state.

The state is heavily dependent on supply of electricity from the central pool, state's Energy Minister Vijendra Prasad Yadav said in the state assembly.

"The Centre is solely responsible for the present power crisis," Yadav said, and admitted that the state government could not do anything to tide over the crisis unless it set up plants for manufacturing adequate electricity to cater to the state's requirements.

Yadav said the state was 'totally dependent' on the Centre for meeting the requirements of domestic and commercial customers as its two plants in Kanti and Barauni were only producing 50-60 MW of electricity.

He said the state was receiving 895 MW electricity from central pool at present against the requirements of 1,650 MW to 1,700 MW and out of which the state had to spare 375 MW for essential services like airport, railways and defence.

He informed that out of the electricity being allocated from the central pool, 115 MW was earmarked for railway, 60 mw for Nepal and 35 MW each for airport and defence units.

Bihar was at present receiving 380 MW against 402 MW from Farakka, 176 MW against 363 MW from Talcher, 216 MW against 311 MW from Kahalgaon stage one and 86 MW against 100 MW from Kahalgaon stage two, 60 MW against 260 MW from Tala, 10 MW against 108 MW from Chukka and nil against 21 MW from Ranjit.

The minister further informed that due to fall in the water level of River Ganges, the Farakka Unit five had shut down.

Similarly, Talchar unit one, too, had shut down since March 20 because of vibration in its rotors, while its unit two tube had leaked since March 24 halting the power production.

Yadav also said the smaller units of Tista and Tala had shut down and in the given circumstances, "we can not buy electricity from other sectors instead of raising the issue with the centre".

The state's hydel power projects were producing hardly 10 to 20 MW. "We expect that the Muzaffarpur and Barauni units will be made operational by December 31, 2012 which will ease the crisis," he added.