Amidst the celebration and enthusiasm of Navratri, the power crisis has started in Bihar. There has been a huge cut in the supply of electricity to Bihar from the central quota. Bihar gets 4500 MW from the Centre, but has got only 3200 MW. Due to this, power crisis has started appearing in small towns from now on. Load-shedding is going on for hours in more than half a dozen districts of Bihar.
5700 megawatt (MW) supplied instead of 6500
Electricity production has been affected in the country and its effect is also visible in Bihar. More impact is being seen in North Bihar. Electricity was disrupted for several hours in small towns and rural areas here. According to the information received from the department, Saharsa has 35 MW instead of 50; 80 M instead of 100 to Madhepura; 100 MW to Katihar instead of 120; 20 MW to Kishanganj instead of 60; 110 MW to Purnia instead of 150; 20 MW to Lakhisarai instead of 25; 15 MW to Khagaria instead of 40; 70 MW instead of 90 to Munger; Banka has got 75 MW of electricity instead of 100.
The districts which have witnessed hours of load shedding include Aurangabad, Buxar, Saran, Gopalganj, Gaya and Jehanabad. Bihar needs 6500 MW of electricity during this festival time, but the availability is only 5700 MW. Out of this, 3200 MW power has been received from the central quota and 1500 MW power has been supplied by the state government by purchasing it from the open market.
Chief Minister had said that power supply will be restored in Bihar
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had said during the Janata Darbar on Monday that preparations have been made to deal with the power crisis in Bihar. The requirement of the state will be met by purchasing power from the open market. Explain that the reason for the power crisis in the country is being told that the shortage of coal. About 72 per cent of the electricity demand in the country is met from coal generated power. For the past few months, there has been a huge gap between the domestic prices of coal and the international prices. This is the reason that the import of coal in the country has been affected and the production of electricity has come down.