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July goal for energy fillip

The 110MW first unit of Barauni Thermal Power Station (BTPS) is expected to start power generation by the end of July, while the second unit of equal capacity would start from October-November.

A senior official, who is closely monitoring progress of various projects, told The Telegraph: “Going by the current pace of work, the power plant, in all likelihood, would be commissioned by the end of next month.”

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Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd has been carrying out renovation and modernisation of the two 110MW units at Barauni (in Begusaria district).

This would be the first power plant, which is wholly owned by the state government, to be inaugurated in Nitish’s decade-old administration. This also promised to bring substantial improvement in the power supply front, failing which he would not seek votes in the 2015 Assembly polls.

Nitish may tom-tom the commissioning of the plant and five-time increased supply of power as his government’s big achievement in the Assembly polls. But the fact remains that Nitish government could not even commission a single new power plant on its own

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