Jamshedpur: State energy minister Rajendra Prasad Singh today said the state was reeling under power crisis due to failure of the successive state governments to set up even 1 MW power plant in Jharkhand in the last 14 years. He said efforts were on to set up 43 power grids across the state. The power grid projects will start soon, he said.
The minister was speaking during the inauguration of the power grid project worth Rs 42.44 crore at Baliguma. He said the state government had planned to set up 10 power sub stations. He was replying to a question raised by the MLA of Jamshedpur West-cum-state agriculture minister Banna Gupta. He said the power sub stations will be set up wherever the MLA would give his approval for starting it. He said the government was also working on solar energy projects which would soon have its impact on the power scenario in Jharkhand.
Gupta said the people of Mango and Sonari were getting inadequate power supply. Power supply was mostly made by the Chandil and Gamharia grids to meet the need of these areas, he said. With the setting up of the Baliguma power grid, the problem will be resolved, Gupta said.
The agriculture minister said the supply capacity of the power grid would be increased from 100 MW to 300 MW in future.
Among others present on the occasion included the deputy commissioner of East Singhbhum Dr Amitabh Kaushal, SSP AV Homkar, managing director of Jharkhand Energy Transmission Corporation, director (project) Atul Kumar, SDO Prem Ranjan and the GM of JSEB SK Singh.