Dhanbad (Jharkhand): The Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) has given in writing to Jharkhand government that it will not stop power supply to the state till March next year, state’s Energy Minister Rajendra Pratap Singh said today.

“The state government has paid to DVC a total of Rs 2000 crore, including Rs 200 crore two days ago, in one year against dues and DVC has given a written undertaking not to cut power to Jharkhand till March next year,” he said.

Singh, who was here to inaugurate an auditorium and other projects of Patliputra Medical College Hospital, said the state generated only 500 MW as against a requirement of 4,550 MW daily, and steps were afoot to make the state self-reliant in power generation.

Expressing concern over power crisis in seven districts of North Chhotanagpur—-Hazaribagh, Ramgarh, Koderma, Chatra, Bokaro, Dhanbad and Giridih, falling in the command area of DVC, he said dependence on DVC was necessary due to absence of electrical grid in these districts.

“But now two electrical grids are being installed to cater to the requirement from national grid in case DVC power supply system fails for any reason,” he said.

“One electrical grid is being installed from Tenughat to Dumka while another one from Hazaribagh to Chatra,” he said.

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