Numerous districts in Bihar have been facing around 10-hour power disruption following the reduction in power supply from Central Government by more than 20 per cent. Due to this reduction, many districts have been unable to receive adequate power supply causing outage.
Reportedly, Bihar requires around 6500 Megawatt electricity but the government of the state has been able to arrange just 4700 Megawatt, in which 3200 megawatt comes from the contribution of the Central Government while the state buys the remaining 1500 megawatt from open market at the price of Rs. 20 per unit.
Earlier Bihar’s Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that the government is trying to procure power to avoid power cuts and had assured continuous electricity supply.
Muzaffarpur’s feeders are being used in rotation by the state government to provide electricity supply to other districts since the district has the largest grid in North Bihar.
Every district is receiving less supply than normal. Saharsa district which usually gets 50 megawatt but now it has been receiving just 35 megawatt. Similarly, Madhepura is getting only 80 megawatt instead of 100, Araria is getting 100 against 120 megawatt, Kishanganj is getting just 20 megawatt against its normal capacity of 60 megawatt and Katihar is being given only 75 megawatt while its normal capacity is 90 megawatt.
Similarly each district is receiving reduced power supply. However, according to Bihar Chamber of Commerce and Industries, low power supply hasn’t affected the industries in state and the officials believe that its Durga Puja, due to which majority units are closed.
Amit Mukherji, the Chairman of Bihar Chamber of Commerce and Industries said,“As the Durga Puja is currently underway in the state, the majority of the industrial units are shut. It could affect production if the state government would not act swiftly. I personally believe that the state government is taking measures to bring the situation under control.”