Balangir power station
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Balangir power station is a cancelled power station in Luthurbanda, Titilagarh, Balangir, Odisha, India. It is also known as Sahara Thermal Power Plant and Titlagarh.
Table 1: Project-level location details
|Plant name||Location||Coordinates (WGS 84)|
|Balangir power station||Luthurbanda, Titilagarh, Balangir, Odisha, India||20.2208, 83.1917 (exact)|
The map below shows the exact location of the power station.
Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):
- Unit 1: 20.220833, 83.191667
- Unit 2: 20.220833, 83.191667
Table 2: Unit-level details
|Unit name||Status||Fuel(s)||Capacity (MW)||Technology||Start year||Retired year|
|Unit 1||cancelled||-||660 MW||supercritical||-||-|
|Unit 2||cancelled||-||660 MW||supercritical||-||-|
Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details
|Unit 1||Sahara India Power Corp||Sahara India Power Corp|
|Unit 2||Sahara India Power Corp||Sahara India Power Corp|
Project-level coal details
- Coal source: Mahanadi coal fields
- Permits: Tor 8 dec 2009 at http://bit.ly/s8k9vc; eia nov 2013 at http://bit.ly/1mygzr2
Source of financing:
In 2009 Sahara India Power Corporation Limited signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Orissa (now Odisha) for setting up a 1320 MW (2 x 660) Coal Based Thermal Power Plant in Turla Tehsil of Balangir District, at an investment of about Rs.5604 Cr.
According to the India MoEF website (accessed April 2015), the project was considered for environmental clearance in September 2014, but the government committee asked Sahara India Power Corporation for more information before making its decision.
On January 9, 2010, villagers from Ghantbaahali, Luthurbandh Pudapadar, Saagunmunda Mahad, Jamojore and other villages of the Titlagarh block held a rally in the town against the Balangir power plant. Activists submitted a memorandum to the District Collector Aswasthy S, claiming the power plant should be considered for a different place in India.
On April 22, 2010, local villagers from Luthurbandh, Ghantabahali, MahadaSaguna Munda, and Podapadar protested the Balangir power plant at Ghantabahali-Luthurbandh in Titilagarh block. They “took out a padyatra” in their villages. They claim the power plant would raise temperatures in the region, increase air pollution, and damage the agriculture. They planned to hold a rally in the Titilagrah on April 24, 2010.
The proposed power station is opposed by local villagers. According to an October 2011 newspaper report, a company land acquisition agent, Niranjan Panda, was attacked and injured by project opponents in Luthurbandh village.
According to the Environmental Justice Atlas (EJA) there could be socio-economic as well as environmental impacts caused by the plant's development. EJA reports, "People demand the shifting of power plants from the area to save the poor people’s land and their livelihood from being damaged permanently. They don’t oppose the setting up power plant. But the plant should not in such a fertile area where people are living peacefully and managing their livelihoods through agriculture."
With no environmental clearance after nearly seven years, and no recent reports of activity to develop the project, it appears that the project is abandoned.
Articles and Resources
- "Sahara signs MoU with Orissa government to set a Mega Power Plant," Sahara press release, February 9, 2009.
- “Orissa’s Balangir district villagers oppose proposed thermal power plant of Sahara Group”, Kosal Discussion and Development, January 17, 2010.
- “Tribal people of Luthurbandh, Ghantabahali, MahadaSaguna Munda and Podapadar protest against Balangir power plant project”, Kosal Discussion and Development Forum.
- Sudhir Mishra, "Sahara power plant official attacked in Balangir", The Pioneer, October 16, 2011
- "Balangir Power Station, Orissa, India" Environmental Justice Atlas, accessed April 2, 2014.
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