Jharkhand State Electricity Board On 15.11.2000 the Land of lord Birsa emerged as a new state as State of Jharkhand, which filed up the inhabitants of the state with great Joy.
Since independence, the people of Jharkhand who are residing in remote places had not seen the light of civilisation which actually come through the new Carrier "Electricity". Immediately after the new state was constituted on 10.01.2001 the state of Jharkhand announced constitution, of Jharkhand State Electricity Board to take up all activities for electrification of the whole state. On 16.03.2001 the Government of Jharkhand appointed the Chairman and member of Jharkhand State Electricity Board and the first Board took up its work with great enthusiasm.
On 22.03.2001 the Ministry of Power, Government of India permitted the new Board to be functional w.e.f. 01.04.2001. Since this new Board was carved out from existing Bihar State Electricity Board on the Ministry of Power Government of India allowed its officers and employees who were working in the territorial jurisdiction of Jharkhand to be the employees and officers of Jharkhand State Electricity Board as is where is basis. Since that day all officers and employees are giving themselves for every cause of the new state which is required for development of the state in the area of Electricity.
The new Board inherited the age old thermal generation Power Station at Patratu which had already outlived its life and another generating station at Sikidiri known as Swarnrekha Hydel Project. So far Distribution infrastructure is concerned, though there were distribution infrastructure in few industrial areas, but those were not capable to bear the ever growing demand of electricity. Mentionable that after creation of new state, demand of electricity in every town and specially in capital city Ranchi increased many folds, and to meet the supply the new Board took it positively as a challenged; which can be gathered from the fact that the demand in the Ranchi town in the year 2000 was 80 MW which has now grown up to 200 MW in the year 2008 and so is the status of demand in the whole state which is 800 MW today as compared to 200 MW in the year 2000.
It has become possible only due to the fact that Jharkhand State Electricity Board has gone madly for system improvement and capacity addition by commissioning new Power substations, Grid stations and commissioning of transmission line and distribution network. So far improvement in generation is concerned, the Jharkhand State Electricity Board has not compromised with destiny as it would be evident from the fact that against too many odds and two major accident of fire in power plant at Patratu, it has not seized to attempt for revival of old power station. As on today it has been made capable to generate 200 MW.
As has been mentioned above, the Jharkhand State Electricity Board is in possession of two units of 65 MW each in Swaranrekha Hydel Project, Sikidri which is capable to generate as per its installed capacity. Though this Hydel Project was designed at the relevant time to meet the demand in peak load hours, it is meeting the demand of electricity at every time depending upon the availability of water. The Government has dreamed a situation where no helmet or home will be without the glowing light of electricity under RGGVY.
JSEB has taken this work as a mission. Though many villages of the state has been electrified but the goal is half achieved and the Board is striving hard to see the dream of the Government as well as of the inhabitants of Jharkhand fulfilled in near future that is to say within the time stipulated by 2010. It is always said that Jharkhand is a rich state enriched with mines but the inhabitants are poor.
Jharkhand State Electricity Board