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By RUDRA BISWAS
  • Published 12.05.13
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Ranchi, May 11: Tata Power has said it would be in a position to start constructing its proposed 1,980MW coal-based super critical thermal power plant at Tiruldih, Seraikela Kharsawan district, in one year.

On March 27, 2012, Tata Power had inked an MoU with the state energy department for the Rs 1,200 crore power plant, from which Jharkhand would get 25 per cent of power generated. The proposed plant is slated to come up in villages Chara, Porka, Kuda and Sirkadih of Ichagarh Tehsil in a district that already that has the state’s largest industrial hub — Adityapur.

The main hurdle — land acquisition — in greenfield projects won’t be a problem here, claimed Sanjay Agarwal, vice-president (projects) Tata Power.

“We have acquired 50 per cent of land. In all, we need 1,000 to 1,200 acres for the Tiruldih project with three units, each with an installed capacity of 660MW. We enjoy people’s full confidence and we expect to get all the land we need in a year after which we would begin physical construction at the project site,” Agarwal said.

Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board had concluded public hearings at the proposed site without a hitch, he added. “The Tata name spells confidence among people. But compliance of legal formalities before actually setting up a project takes up a lot of time,” Agarwal said.

Water for the proposed thermal plant will be met from Subernarekha while coal would be sourced from Latehar’s Tubed mines. The Tubed coal block, with an extractable reserve of 130MT, was allotted to Tata Power and Hindalco in August, 2007, for power generation.

Agarwal pointed out a joint venture company with Hindalco to extract coal from Tubed was already in place. “Around 6MT of coal per annum would be mined from Tubed. Hindalco’s share of coal would be 60 per cent, while Tata’s would be 40 per cent,” Agarwal said.

The Tata Power vice-president added they were already mindful of corporate social responsibility. “Confidence-building measures in education and health sectors have been initiated for villages around the company’s Tiruldih site,” he added.

A village excellence programme was also launched to improve the standard of education of primary and mid-level schools under Tiruldih spread over four villages.

Though each such village has a school, surveys by NGO Pratham revealed the quality of education was below par with a lopsided teacher-student ratio. “Through our education excellence programme, Tata Power aims to enhance children’s knowledge in maths, English and science, develop a library and scientific activities. The findings of a health study by a noted management institute are expected by May-end,” Agarwal added.