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Solar energy to light up Bihar Chief Minister’s house

Bihar is one of the largest beneficiaries of Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) scheme in terms of budgetary allocation. According to reports, the Rajiv Gandhi Gramin Vidyutikaran Yojana (RGGVY) has failed miserably in achieving its mandate and objectives in Bihar, largely because of faulty approach and methodology of the scheme.

Biomass projects in states like Uttar Pradesh have been extremely successful and have contributed a lot in bolstering rural economy and agri-business.

 Husk Power Systems (HPS), uses the husk-based gasifier technology to provide electricity using 32 kWe (40 kVA) plants that deliver power on a “pay-for-use’’ basis to households in the rice-producing belt of India at about Rs 2 per day per household, located within a radius of 1.5 km. The charges are such it results in a reduction in the consumption of kerosene by as much as two-thirds. Power is supplied from 5 pm till midnight each day.

With this kind of demand, it comes as no surprise when the Bihar State Investment Promotion Board (SIPB) officials said investment proposals to set up gas and biomass-based power plants in Rohtas, Gaya and Kaimur districts have also been cleared. The report further adds, that in view of the shortage of power, Nitish Kumar has also asked top officials to review progress in procuring power from unconventional energy sources.

According to reports, Chief minister’s official residence, 1 Anne Marg, will no longer depend on power supply from Bihar State Electricity Board (BSEB). This sprawling building and the adjacent house, which is being converted into the CM’s residential office, will have their own system for lighting.

“I am soon going to introduce solar power system here,” Nitish told media people on the sidelines of ‘Janata Ke Durbar Mein Mukhyamantri’ programme on Monday. “Not only the lights and fans but even the air conditioners and pumping sets will run on this system,” he said.

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