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Land slows down DVC project

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Raghunathpur (Purulia), Dec. 16: State-run power utility Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) is likely to commission the first phase of its supercritical thermal power plant project at Raghunathpur, Purulia, by March, after a delay of 28 months from the scheduled date of commissioning mainly because of land acquisition issues.

“Due to the land acquisition problem, water and rail connectivity are still major issues, resulting in the project running behind schedule,” DVC chairman R.N. Sen said at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the second phase of the Raghunathpur Thermal Power Station.

According to J.K. Singh, chief engineer of Raghunathpur Thermal Power Station, “The initial target date for commissioning of the first unit was November 2010, but because of non-availability of water we could not start the unit.”

The power utility was planning to build a 10-km pipeline from Panchet dam to the plant site. For constructing the pipeline, it had run into land acquisition problems. However, Singh said recently the water connectivity work had begun for the pipeline.

The second unit of the 1,200MW (2x600MW) project in the first phase is expected to be commissioned by the middle of the 2013 fiscal.

The project is yet to acquire 400 acres from the state government for the rail corridor and township of total 2,098 acres needed for the 2,520MW project. The second phase is projected to be completed by 2017.

Meanwhile, Rural Electrification Corporation is likely to finance bulk of the Rs 6,300-crore loan for the second phase of the plant, Sen said. The financial closure of the Rs 9,089-crore project is expected soon.

DVC aims to add 3,520MW in the 12th Plan period to become a 10,729MW company by 2017.

Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, minister of state for power, was present at the foundation stone laying ceremony for the 2nd phase of the power station.

The state is expected to get 200 MW power from the first phase and 400 MW from the second phase.

 
 
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