Power & Energy

Bihar cabinet approves proposal to increase expenditure on new hydro power projects

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Patna: The Government of Bihar passed the proposal of the energy department for spending INR 144 Crore for the completion of 12 incomplete hydro-electricity generation projects. These projects are either 50% complete or the cost of producing one unit is below INR 5.

The cabinet also took the decision of closing down three projects, cancel two and shift eight others under the jurisdiction of Jharkhand. The decision-making cabinet was headed by Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister.

The Principal Secretary of Cabinet Secretariat Department, Mr. Brijesh Mehrotra depicted, “Three projects at Katnaiya (West Champaran), Nirmali (Supaul) and Bathnaha (Araria) will be shut down as they have been found to be technically and commercially nonviable.” He also said, “Two other hydel projects at Dova and Ararghat will be shelved owing to unavailability of land. Eight hydel projects of Bihar State Hydroelectric Power Corporation - Chandil, Tenu, North Koel, Jalim Ghat, Nandi Ghagh, Sadni, Lower Dadhri and Tenu Ghat - will be handed over to Jharkhand government on "as is where is" basis. All these projects are in Jharkhand only.”

The state government will have the supreme power to settle ‘Sairat’ that amounts over INR 10 Lakh. The additional district magistrates will be able to settle ‘sairat’ below INR 2 Lakh whereas the district magistrates will have the power to settle ‘sairat’ remunerating up to 5 Lakh. The divisional commissioner s will be able to settle ‘sairat’ worth below 10 Lakh.

On a different context, the same cabinet also approved the proposal from the Road Construction Department to hand over the 117 Km NH-30 stretch to the Union Ministry of highways and road transport regarding construction and maintenance.

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