Union Minister Reviews The Progress Of Buxar Thermal Power Project
Union Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy Shri RK Singh has directed the concerned officials to expedite the investment approval for the Buxar Thermal Power Project at the earliest so that foundation stone laying ceremony can take place by January 2019. He was chairing a review meeting of the progress of the 1320 MW project. The project already has all tie-ups in place.
The meeting was attended by representatives from SJVN, NITI Aayog, Dept. of Expenditure, Central Electricity Authority and Govt of Bihar. The Project is estimated to cost over Rs. 10,000 crores. The Project is being executed by SJVN Ltd (A Mini-Ratna Schedule A PSU under Ministry of Power, Govt of India).
Different aspects of the projects were discussed at the meeting. Chairman, SJVNL informed that they have all the clearances, viz. Environment Clearance, chimney height clearance, land for the main plant, Coal Linkage, Water Availability and the project can go ahead in the plug and play mode.
Principal Secretary (Energy), Govt. of Bihar stated that Bihar will take not less than 85% power from the project as Bihar has seen a growth in power demand of 15% in the recent years. Bihar has shown tremendous growth in electricity consumption, as the Per capita consumption of Bihar has grown from 145 units in 2012-13 to 360 units in 2017-18.