Chief Minister Says Electrification of Bihar Complete

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar speaking at the Adhiweshan Bhawan in Patna on Wednesday.

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Patna: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, speaking at a function at the Adhiweshan Bhawan to mark the completion of rural electrification of Bihar, said that all 39,073 villages in Bihar had been electrified as promised by him and now it was time to connect all localities with power supply and provide electricity to all household in the state.

On the occasion, Kumar also inaugurated a host of power projects totaling in excess of Rs. 3030.52 crore.

Congratulating the power department for supplying uninterrupted power during the conclusion of the Prakashotsav celebration to mark the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Govind Singh, the 10th religious leader of the Sikhs, the Chief Minister said that while there was a brief power cut at his official residence, the entire 'Shukrana Samaroh' was free from any outage even for a minute.

"This has earned a lot of praise from the visitors," he said.

Kumar also suggested setting up of solar energy plants in Bihar instead of the conventional, coal-based thermal units to decrease carbon footprint and to improve air quality in the state. The two proposed plants in Pirpainti in Bhagalpur and Kajra in Lakhisarai will be solar plants, he said.

It was classic Nitish when he took full credit for the total electrification of Bihar recalling his Independence Day speech at Patna's Gandhi Maidan in 2012 in which he had pledged to provide electricity to everyone in Bihar or else he would not seek re-election in the state.

"We believe in performance and not in chanting empty political slogans," he said.

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