He also said that power users cannot be made to pay for the lack of efficiency and professionalism of the people engaged in power generation, transmission and distribution. The CM reiterated that Bihar wanted to go forward in the power sector and adequate central assistance was required to achieve the set goals.
NTPC was not providing enough power to the state and as such, with the permission of the regulatory commission, the BSEB was purchasing power from other sources to meet the minimum power requirements of the state. Lauding the efforts for popularizing the non-conventional and renewable sources of power, the CM called for steps to bring down their costs from the present almost prohibitive levels. Earlier, energy minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav said that despite power sector reforms, different electricity boards were incurring losses to the tune of Rs75,000 crore and Maharashtra, the frontrunner in power sector reforms, alone incurred an annual loss of Rs17,000 crore.
He also criticized the freight equalization policy and said that states like Tamil Nadu were getting coal at a cheaper rate compared to Bihar, and also raised the issue of coal linkages. No investment in the power sector was made in Bihar after 1977, he said. The minister also said that Bihar needed special assistance for the development of power sector.
Raising the issue of electricity supply to BPL families, he wanted to know who will foot their power bill. The state was committed to provide power to all its citizens. Yadav also said that Bihar had only 19% urban population and, as such, the state was faced with problems different from the more developed and urbanized states.
Electricity regulators from 25 state/joint electricity regulatory commissions are attending the meet to discuss options for the expansion of non-conventional and renewable sources of power, limitations of the conventional energy sources in meeting the growing requirement for power, dwindling resources like coal and petroleum products and the apprehensions raised in regard to atomic power plants.
Source - Times of India