Bihar

Bihar has a historical reputation as India’s basket case: the poorest, densest, and most lawless state, rich only in emigrants who provide low-wage labor in every city in India. While much of this reputation is deserved, in recent years Bihar has frequently achieved double-digit growth thanks to the state government’s relentless focus on public works and on ensuring that even the poorest inhabitants can access state hand-outs. While this has raised the standard of living somewhat, Bihar is yet to position itself as a competitor for private investment.

State Summary

  • Size
    36,357 sq. miles
  • Population
    103.8 million
  • State GDP
    $53.11 billion (USD)
  • Legislative Assembly Seats
    243
  • Rajya Sabha Seats
    16
  • Lok Sabha Seats
    40
  • Party Affiliation
    Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD)
    Janata Dal (United) (JD(U))
    Indian National Congress (INC)
Commuters overcrowd a local passenger train on the Patna-Gaya railway track in Patna. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Gerbera Cultivation-in Poly-house, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agriculture University. (Neerajk.bit, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0)
Left: Commuters overcrowd a local passenger train on the Patna-Gaya railway track in Patna. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Right: Gerbera Cultivation-in Poly-house, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Central Agriculture University. (Neerajk.bit, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0)
Energy

Energy

India faces a complex energy challenge: it needs cheap and abundant energy to power high economic growth and lift its citizens into the middle class. But it also hopes to keep its commitments to the U.N. Climate Change Convention and achieve energy independence. India’s states have the resources to generate the energy India needs, but they take different approaches to fostering the growth of the industry. This section allows you to explore energy news from India’s states and offers the Wadhwani Chair’s analysis of India’s energy sector.

Subsectors

Coal  •  Energy Efficiency  •  Energy-related Transportation  •  Nuclear  •  Oil and Gas  •  Power  •  Renewables

Recent Articles

Bihar's electricity regulator releases its annual tariff orders

The Bihar Electricity Regulatory Commission (BERC) published its annual tariff order for the state-run generation, transmission, grid company and dispatch center for 2018-2019.


Source: Times of India Go to
In Detail: Bihar Grid Company Go to, State Load Dispatch Center Go to, Power Generation Company Go to, Power Transmission Company Go to

Bihar approves closure of three hydroelectric power projects

The state cabinet of Bihar has approved the closure of three hydroelectric power projects and decided to transfer eight of its hydroelectric units in Jharkhand to the Jharkhand government.


Source: Times of India Go to

Power Finance Corporation approves $212 million for new power infrastructure in Bihar

State-run Power Finance Corporation has sanctioned financial assistance of $212 million to the Bihar Grid Company to build 16 transmission lines, four associated substations and seven line bay extension works in Bihar.


Source: Economic Times Go to

Related National Goals

Wind Performance Tracker — Bihar achieves 0 MW (updated March 31, 2016)

Solar Performance Tracker — Bihar reaches 141.52 MW (updated October 31, 2017)

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