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Promise to Provide Power to Bihar Nearly Fulfilled: CM

Patna: Stopping short of declaring 'Mission Accomplished', Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday said that he had nearly fulfilled his promise of total electricity in Bihar as the state was now getting 4,200 MW of energy against a target of 5,000 MW by the year end.

Playing a 2012 audio of himself in which he had said that he would not seek re-election if he did not fulfill this promise, Kumar, who laid the foundation stones of several energy projects to the tune of Rs. 3,241.38 crore besides inaugurating power projects exceeding Rs. 105 crore, said at a function at the Secretary Hall in Patna.

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"When we came into power in 2005, we were getting only about 1,000 MW. Today we are getting 4,200 MW – a little short of 5,000 which was our goal from the very get go," the Chief Minister said.

He further said that not only Bihar had made major strides in power generation but also in the areas of distribution, modernization, expansion, and transmission.

"In 2005, there were only 45 power grid substations in the entire state of Bihar. With no infrastructure for transmission of electricity, only 12,565 villages had some electricity. Ten years later, we have power grid substation in all subdivision and sub-stations in each block," Kumar said.

Corroborating the Chief Minister's assertion, Energy Secretary Pratyaya Amrit said electrification work in 4,052 was underway and were expected to be completed before the predetermined deadline.

Energy Minister Vijendra Prasad Yadav said that the new units in Muzaffarpur were nearing completion and the Barauni project was recently put on fast track so that was also completed before the target date.

Social Welfare Minister Lesie Singh was also present on the occasion.

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