Nitish seeks clarification from Railways on Nabinagar project

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Patna, Nov 8 (UNI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today sought clarification from Railways for the inordinate delay in execution of Nabinagar thermal power project in Aurangabad district, a joint venture of National Thermal Power Corporation(NTPC) and Railways.

Mr Kumar told newspersons here that the concept for the project was mooted in 2002 and it was even incorporated in 2003-04 budget, but inordinate delay was made in getting clearance from the Pollution Control Board.

'' Approval of the Union Cabinet for the project was due after its clearance from the Pollution Control Board, but more than three years have elapsed since then, hampering the increase in power availability to Bihar, '' he added.

'' During my tenure as Railway Minister, the stake of railways in the project was 51 per cent, while it was 49 per cent for NTPC, '' he said adding the stake of NTPC increased to 74 per cent later.

Mr Kumar said as per the agreement, Bihar was to get only 100 MW from the total production capacity of 1000 MW of this project, which was not justified.

He agreed with the earlier statement of state Energy Minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav, who had threatened to review the decision of the state government to provide land and water for the projects if justice was not done to the people of Bihar.


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