RJD blames NDA govt for power crisis in Bihar

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Patna, Jan 13: The RJD today blamed the Nitish Kumar government for unprecedented power shortage in Bihar and said the NDA government's holding the Centre responsible for the crisis was ''baseless and misleading''.

Party's National spokesman Shyam Rajak told reporters here that the decision to provide 260 MW to the state from ''Tala Hydel'' project in Bhutan, instead of making it available from Kahalgaon thermal power station in Bihar, was taken by the then NDA government at the Centre in 2000.

If it was decided to provide this quantum of power to Bihar from Kahalgaon, the situation would have been better, he added.

''After the Nitish Kumar government came to power in Bihar, it signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MOU) with National Thermal Power Corporation(NTPC) and offered 51 per cent share to the Corporation without preparing the Detailed Project Report(DPR), '' he said.

The production in Kanti power station did not start by 2007 as agreed in the MOU, he said, adding the ''indifferent and adamant'' stand of the NDA government on the issue would delay it further and the required power production was expected to begin before December 2009.

During the RJD regime, Patna Electric Supply Undertaking (PESU) was usually getting around 225 MW of power and still the city never faced such power crisis as it was facing now when the power availability to PESU was 325 MW, Mr Rajak recalled. He alleged that the crisis had precipitated due to faulty monitoring of distribution of power by the NDA government.

UNI

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