Adani Power proposes Rs 7,000 crore power project in Bihar

APL Chairman Gautam Adani submitted this proposal at a meeting with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar at the state secretariat here last evening, an official spokesman told PTI today.

The Centre has allotted the Urma Pahari coal block to Bihar to meet its requirement of coal for thermal power stations.

Adani, during a presentation at the high-level meeting, said the proposed plant -- the location of which is yet to be decided -- would help cater to the energy requirements of Bihar and provide employment opportunities to more than 5,000 people, the spokesman said.

The APL chief also expressed a desire for investing in mining and development of a port.

The Chief Minister directed the Chief Secretary, Development Commissioner and Principal Secretary (Industries) to go through the proposal for augmenting power and take a decision at the earliest.

He also asked the officials to negotiate with the company for procuring power from the company's power stations to meet the power crisis in the state, the spokesman said.
Kumar said the state government would also welcome proposals for investment in the food processing sector, which has huge potential for setting up industries, as Bihar's litchis and 'langra' variety of mango are famous.

"I would like that the Adani group visit Muzaffarpur and Motihari and explore ways for preservation of these fruits," he said.

The chief minister noted that the three companies of Adani Group -- Adani Power Limited, Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone Limited (MPSEZ) and Adani Enterprises Limited -- were listed in the share market and the cumulative capital of the three companies stood at Rs 25,000 crore.

Adani said that he had had set up a 4,620-MW power station at Mundra port and expanded its coal mining activities in Australia.

Energy Minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav, Chief Secretary Anup Mukherji, Development Commissioner K C Saha, Industries Department Principal Secretary C K Mishra and Energy Department Principal Secretary Ajay V Nayak, among others, attended the meeting.

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