Bihar has attempted a big leap today towards self-sufficiency in power generation," said chief minister Nitish Kumar after he broke a coconut and laid the foundation stone of a 1980MW thermal power project at Shivanpur in Aurangabad district on Saturday.
The Nabinagar Power Generating Company Pvt Ltd project, a joint venture of NTPC and Bihar State Electricity Board, is to be completed at an estimated cost of Rs 12,965 crore. It will have three units with capacity to generate 660MW each in the first phase likely to be commissioned by 2015. The mega project requires 2,833 acres of land at the site, including 1,872 acres of private land.
Addressing a gathering on the occasion, the CM referred to the land acquisition hiccups that sort of delayed work on the project and said each displaced person would be rehabilitated and the farmers whose land has been acquired would get compensation at the rate of Rs 21 lakh per acre.
The CM said by December 31, 2009, and the company received necessary sanction from different ministries. But the land acquisition process faced stumbling blocks as the issues raised by the affected farmers were not understood. "During my Seva Yatra in Aurangabad, I paid a surprise visit to the region and had a first-hand feel of the problems the farmers foresaw," he said and added he later sent JD-U leader Dr L B Singh to talk to the farmers and invite them for talks to Patna.
After the completion of the first phase, the CM said, two more units of 660MW each would be installed for which a memorandum of understanding had already been signed with NTPC. "Bihar will get 70% of the power generated at this thermal station," he said and added more such projects would be initiated provided there was availability of land.
"We should take a pledge to extend full cooperation to power generation in the state and write a new history of Bihar's progress. More power generation will bring jobs, factories and prosperity," he said and asked the NTPC to complete the project in time.
State energy minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav presided over the function which was also attended by Bihar power board chairman P K Rai and NTPC's project director B P Singh who said the project will have 50:50 partnership of Bihar and NTPC.