State officials said the Ganga basin has been selected for oil and gas exploration under the Centre’s new exploration policy. Contract for the exploration project in Bihar has already been awarded to Cairn Petroleum India Ltd and Cairn Energy Search Ltd.
Bihar is among the 24 new sites selected by the Centre for exploration. An area of 15,550 sq km, spread over 13 districts, has been awarded to the two companies for exploration.
Meanwhile, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd raised hopes of a 2,000 MW nuclear plant in the power-starved state. Announcing that the state had been told a team of engineers would be visiting soon to carry out preliminary work, Bihar’s Energy Minister Bijeyndra Yadav claimed the Centre had given an in-principle okay to the state demand for a nuclear power plant.