Patna, Feb 21 (PTI) Bihar government may purchase electricity from Nepal to tide over the shortage in the state, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said today. "There is an acute shortage of electricity in Bihar which the state government is trying to tide over by proposing to purchase it from Nepal," he said at a function Jamui to mark the district's 22nd foundation day. Kumar said that the state government was also sounding Nepal for tapping hydel power resources and said that he had recently had a dialogue with the Nepalese Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai on water management between Bihar and the Himalayan country. The chief minister rued that the state government was facing difficulties in setting up thermal power plants in Bihar due to non-availability of coal linkages for the purpose by the Centre. Kumar said that the state government was tapping all its resources to carry out economic development which has received due recognition from across country and world. It was a reflection of the development story of Bihar that he was inaugurating and laying foundation stones for development projects worth Rs 450 crore in Jamui district, he said.