विकास की बाट जोह रहा अररिया के खाते में भी एक पनबिजली परियोजना (Araria got one Hydel Power Project)
Posted by Sulabh on August 29, 2012
For setting up a small hydel power project at Ararghat (1.75x4MW) in Madhepura district, the state government has given administrative clearance to a loan amount of Rs 65.44 crore under the state plan 2012-13. Out of this amount, Nabard, under its Rural Infrastructure Development Fund, has agreed to provide a soft loan of Rs 62.7 crore. The remaining Rs 3.36 crore has been given to BHPC as loan.
Similarly, a sum of Rs 56.49 crore has been sanctioned for setting up a small hydel power project at Bathnaha (4x2MW) in Forbesganj block of Araria district. A sum of Rs 4.11 crore has been sanctioned in the first phase for setting up the plant.
Out of the total estimated cost of Rs 61.86 crore, a sum of Rs 2.94 crore has been sanctioned for setting up a small hydel power project at Nirmali (4x2MW) in Supaul district. The government has also identified Sipaha in Aurangabad district for setting up a hydel project (500x2KW) at a cost of Rs 61.86 crore.
With the setting up of all these hydel power projects, Bihar would be able to generate over 25MW of power in a couple of years. Nabard has agreed in principle to provide soft loan to these projects.
According to draft state hydro policy, the hydel projects developed by private developers on build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) model would have a concession period of 40 years from the date of commissioning of the project. Thereafter, these projects would revert to the Government of Bihar.
According to the draft policy, the developer will provide 12% free power to the state as royalty. Out of it, 2% power will be provided to the surrounding areas/villages in the radius of one km from the project site as social obligation.
All entry tax and electricity tax will be exempted for projects up to 25MW. The tariff for sale of energy from the project will be decided by Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission through tariff-based bidding in case of identified projects.