Badarpur power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Badarpur power station was a 705-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in New Delhi, India, owned and operated by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).[1]

The plant was retired in October 2018.[2]


The undated satellite photo below shows the power station in Badarpur, New Delhi, situated in south east corner of Delhi on Mathura Road near Faridabad.

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Badarpur power station was initially installed as a five-unit power station of 720 MW, commissioned from 1973 to 1981. It was later de-rated to 705 MW. It was owned and conceived by India's Central Electric Authority. Ownership of the power station was transferred to NTPC in 2006.[1]

Pollution and closure

According to a 2015 study by the Centre for Science and Environment, the Badarpur Power Plant is the most polluting power plant in India. The plant contributed only 8% of the Delhi's electric power but produced 80 to 90% of the city's particulate matter pollution from the energy sector.[3]

In response to extreme air pollution in New Delhi, the Delhi government sent notices in December 2015 to two thermal power plants—Badarpur power station and Rajghat power station—to shut operations within a week to control pollution levels. It is not clear if the closure is a temporary or permanent measure, with officials saying that they would have to assess the situation. State-run NTPC has not issued any statement but sources said it will cooperate with the government to control pollution levels. Both Badarpur and Rajghat power stations together produce about 1,000MW, which the government said would be met through alternative sources.[4]

During the Great smog of Delhi in November 2016, the power plant was shut down to alleviate the acute air pollution suffered by residents of the city. It was restarted on March 16, 2017. Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) has proposed to permanently close down the plant by July 2018.[5]

On October 8, 2018, it was reported the plant would be permanently shut down on October 15, 2018. The plant had been shut down during winter since 2016 to control air pollution.[2]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: NTPC
  • Location: Badarpur, New Delhi, India
  • Coordinates: 28.505556, 77.306944 (exact)
  • Status: Retired (2018)
  • Gross capacity: 705 MW (Units 1-3: 95 MW, Units 4-5: 210 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Star year: 1973 (Unit 1), 1974 (Unit 2), 1975 (Unit 3), 1978 (Unit 4), 1981 (Unit 5)
  • Coal type: Bituminous
  • Coal source: Jharia Coal Fields
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 National Thermal Power Corporation, "Badarpur,", National Thermal Power Corporation website, accessed Oct 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 [ "Badarpur thermal plant,Delhi’s biggest power generator, to shut down from October 15 The Badarpur Thermal Power Station, Delhi’s biggest power plant will be shut down from October 15. The coal­-fired plant was a major contributor to air pollution in the national capital,"] Hindustan Times, Oct 05, 2018
  3. "The Badarpur Plant's effect on air pollution and why it needs to be shut down". The Economic Times. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  4. "Notice to two thermal plants," TNN, Dec 9, 2015
  5. "Badarpur thermal power station to start operations on Thursday". Hindustan Times. 15 March 2017. Retrieved 10 April 2017.

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