Sikkim government has surrendered its share of power from the NTPC’s super thermal power station at Barh in Bihar. Out of the total 660MW power generated by the stage II of the plant, Sikkim’s has a share of 1.51%, which is 9.96MW.
In a recent letter to the Union ministry of power, the Sikkim government has said that its share of power be allocated to other parties. “The cost per unit is exceeding Rs 6 kWh and at such a high rate, it becomes totally unviable for the state of Sikkim to continue drawing the allocated share of power,” the letter reads.
Last year in March, West Bengal had also surrendered its allocated share of power from both stage I and stage II of the Barh project. The state had been allocated 502MW and 199MW respectively from the two stages earlier. After West Bengal’s request, the Union ministry of power had allocated the surrendered power to Bihar government on the latter’s request.
According to sources, West Bengal and Sikkim surrendered their share of power from Barh because of the high rate of Rs 6 per unit. It would not be a gain for Bihar since power in the open market is available for Rs 3 -3.75 per unit, said an official.
Currently, Bihar has been getting 429.5MW of power from the Barh plant’s stage II unit.