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PTI Last Updated at 10 Aug 2018, 21:08 IST India

Nitish flags off power projects worth over Rs 7500 crore

Patna, Aug 10 (PTI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar

today flagged off power projects worth over Rs 7,500 crore and

expressed confidence that each household in the state would be

electrified by the end of this year.

At a function here where Deputy Chief Minister Sushil

Kumar Modi and Power minister Vijendra Prasad Yadav were also

present, Kumar inaugurated, laid foundation stones for or

dedicated to the public power projects worth Rs 7522.28 crore.

Speaking on the occasion, Kumar expressed confidence

that his government would meet its target of electrifying each

household in the state by the end of this year.

"Total power generation in the state was a mere 700 MW

in 2005 when we assumed power. This has risen to 5008 MW, as

per figures of July, 2018. We have indeed come a long way",

the chief minister remarked.

He also said that three power units in the state -

Kanti, Navinagar and Barauni - have been handed over to the

NTPC which was likely to "ensure better power generation and

availability of electricity to consumers in Bihar at cheaper


He said his government was providing subsidy to

domestic consumers besides developing special "agriculture

feeders" to cater to the electricity requirements of those

involved in farming.

"Replacement of worn out cables and curbing of power

theft is also going on war footing", he added.

Speaking at the same function, Sushil Kumar Modi said

"from September 15 this year, the work of installing pre-paid

meters will begin. We hope to cover 18 lakh households in the

next year and a half. A mobile app will also be launched to

help consumers recharge their pre-paid meters".

The DyCM, who also holds the Finance portfolio,

claimed "power sector in the state has this year helped us

realise Rs 8000 crore in revenue. This is an increase of 38

per cent compared with the previous year".

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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