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BSEB seeks additional 300MW power from Centre

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Acute Power Crisis- Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) has made a fervent plea to the Union power ministry for allocating an additional 300 MW of powerWith the state facing severe power crisis due to fall in generation at hydel power stations due to freezing of water and thermal power stations due to insufficient coal supply, the Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB) has made a fervent plea to the Union power ministry for allocating an additional 300 MW of power to Bihar. The availability of power from Central Generating Stations has dropped due to fall in generation at the Tala hydro electric project. To make matters worse, severe coal crisis has reduced the normal generation of power at NTPC’s Talchar, Kahalgaon and Farakka power generating plants.

Despite import of coal from abroad, the crisis still persists. As a result, the state’s joint venture plant - Kanti Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited- has not been generating power on a regular basis. However, frequent breakdown of power plants have also hit power generation in the state, said an official.

“The availability of power from the Tala and Chukkha hydel power plants from November have fallen and a situation similar to the last year is apprehended,” BSEB chairman Swapan Mukherjee wrote in a letter to the Union power ministry.

Bihar had faced a serious power crisis last year from October to March due to fall in generation from Tala and Chukkha hydel power plants. The situation aggravated further due to withdrawal of equal allocation from the Kahalgaon Super Thermal Power Plant.

The power crisis led to mass protests and the situation in Kahalgaon went out of control leading to police firing on agitators.

In separate letters addressed to West Bengal State Electricity Regulation Company Limited, Grid Corporation of Orissa and the Damodar Valley Corporation last month, BSEB member (transmission) R K Sharma had requested them to provide 100/150 MW of power through bilateral arrangements from November onwards for a period of several months. With the onset of the winter, the hydel power plants hardly generate power during day time. This situation will continue till February.

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