Once I had read somewhere that people of Bihar are poor, not the state of Bihar. Bihar has a wide scope to develop but the leadership never wanted to put the state on the path of development. Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister of Bihar, is now trying to change the fate of Bihar as well the destiny of people of Bihar.
According to the report, the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) is planning to start exploration for crude reserves in the Ganga basin in Bihar. The government of India has awarded a contract to explore oil and natural gas in a one block measuring 2,537 square kilometer in Purnea to the state-owned oil company ONGC.
Earlier, the central government had selected Bihar among the 55 blocks for oil exploration. The government had decided to award exploring contracts to oil companies under the new petroleum exploration licence.
The Purnea block is considered as significant area and till now not too much exploration has been carried out in the region. The date indicates about the evidences of hydrocarbon leaching in the area over the years. The data is being collected through an aeromagnetic survey.
Bihar is not a new place for ONGC to undertake the exploration work. Earlier, the company has been worked in the Ganga basin for a year-and-a-half and. During that period, ONGC had carried out several drillings in Bettiah, Purnea and Madhubani.
Earlier, Edinburgh-based Cairn Energy Search Ltd (CESL) has been awarded a seven years licence for the Purnea basin including several districts of Begusarai, Bhagalpur, Purnea, Supaul, Madhepura, Saharsa, Khagaria Madhubani, Darbhanga, Samastipur, parts of Patna and Munger.