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Chandil's loss is Kamdara's gain - Water needs force JSEB to shift thermal power plant venue

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  • Published 3.11.11

Ranchi, Nov. 2: Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) has decided to shift its proposed 1,320MW thermal power plant from Chandil in Seraikela-Kharsawan district to Kamdara in Gumla “due to absence of sufficient water availability” at the previous site.

“We have finally decided on a new location for the proposed thermal power plant. Originally the plant was to be set up at Chandil, but due to insufficient water availability, we have finally decided to shift it to Kamdara, where surveys are now in full swing,” JSEB chairman S.N. Verma told The Telegraph.

Water from Chandil dam has already been allocated by authorities to various industrial, irrigation and other projects located downstream under the Subernarekha Multi Purpose Project (SMP). The proposed thermal power plant would require at least 40 million cubic metres of water. Since this huge quantity of water was not available from either SMP or other sources, it was decided to shift the site from Chandil to Kamdara.

The proposed super thermal power plant at Kamdara will have a total generating capacity of 1,320MW, comprising two units each having an installed capacity of 660MW.

The Kamdara plant would need 70 to 100 acres and is be linked to the Maurya coal block in South Karnpura in Chatra district that was allotted to JSEB by the Union coal ministry. Water for the project will be made available from a reservoir to be built near Balaghat across river South Koel.

The JSEB chief pointed out that talks were on with the Gumla district administration to acquire land for the project. The Kamdara project would cost around Rs 8,000 crore and would be located between Turundu and Pokla railway stations. The nearness of the railway line would be an added advantage for the project as it would facilitate quick transportation of coal from the mining sites to the power plant.

“We are looking five years ahead. Average demand of power in the state during off peak hours is 800 to 1000MW. Peak power demand averages around 1400MW. A host of new industries are expected to set up units in Jharkhand. In addition, rural electrification is also in full swing throughout the state to ensure that each of the 32,000 plus villages in the state are put on the power grid. All these developments will rapidly increase power demand in Jharkhand,” the JSEB chief stressed.

He added that a roadmap being drawn up by JSEB aims at increasing the total generation in the state to 5,000MW. Efforts are also on to revive at least three units at Patratu.