Bokaro Thermal Power Station

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Bokaro Thermal Power Station (Bokaro A) is a 500-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station. Additional capacity is retired at the site (Bokaro B).

The plant is not to be confused with the Bokaro Steel City Thermal Power Station.


The photo below shows the shuttered Units 1-4 of Bokaro A on the right, and the new Unit 5 with the blue roof. The 210 MW Bokaro B Thermal Power Station is located about two hundred meters to the northwest.[1]

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Bokaro A (decommissioned): Units 1-3 of 45 MW each were built in 1953, and Unit 4 of 40 MW was built in 1960. The four units were decommissioned in 2000.[2][3]

Bokaro B: Units 1-3 of 210 MW each (subcritical) were built in 1986, 1990, and 1993.[4] Units 1-2 were retired in 2017.[5] Unit 3 reportedly retired by April 2021.[6]


In 2012, the State Bank of India announced that it would provide US$189,811,151 in loans to the project, while another US$135,591,649 would be provided by other, unspecified, banks. Damodar Valley Corporation agreed to contribute US$149,138,034 in equity to the project.[7]

Bokaro A Expansion

DMC proposed a 500 megawatt (MW) expansion of the Bokaro A plant.[8] The plant was under construction and in 2012 was projected to be completed in June 2014.[9]

The new 500 MW unit was reported as delayed in March 2014.[10]

The new unit was synchronized in March 2016 and planned for commercial operation in June 2016.[11][12]

Coal ash pond

As of a 2005 publication, the Bokaro Thermal Power Station (and Gargail coal washery) released fly ash and other coal pollutants directly into a nearby river, which was reported as having severe water quality issues. Some estimates found that 600 tons of coal particles and ash flowed directly into the river on a daily basis.[13]

The area is plagued with environmental and public health issues related to the coal industry.[14]

Project details

Sponsor: Damodar Valley Corporation
Location: Bokaro district, Jharkhand
Coordinates: 23.7829444, 85.8833912[1](exact)
Status: Bokaro A: Operating, Bokaro B: Retired
Nameplate capacity: Bokaro A: 500 MW, Bokaro B: 630 MW (3 x 210 MW)
Projected in service: Bokaro A, Unit 5: 2016, Bokaro B, Unit 1: 1986-2017, Bokaro B, Unit 2: 1990-2017, Bokaro B, Unit 3: 1993-2021
Coal Type:
Coal Source:
Estimated annual CO2:
Source of financing: Bokaro A: US$189,811,151 in debt from the State Bank of India; US$135,591,649 in debt from other banks; US$149,138,034 in equity from Damodar Valley Corporation[7]
MoEF permits: Environmental Clearance, (Nov 30, 2007)

Resources and articles

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  1. 1.0 1.1 B.T.P.S. A" (Bokaro Thermal), Wikimapia, accessed February 2014
  2. "Bokaro A Coal Power Station India (shutdown)," Global Energy Observatory, accessed March 2012
  3. Damodar Valley Corporation, "Growth Plans: 11th Plan Capacity Addition Programme", Damodar Valley Corporation website, accessed November 2011.
  4. "Bokaro B (DVC) Coal Power Station India," Global Energy Observatory, accessed Jan 2016
  5. "Proposal for deletion of Chandrapura TPS unit no. 2(130MW) and Bokaro TPS Unit#1&2(2x210MW) of Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) from National Grid," India CEA, Sep 4, 2017
  6. "Retirement of Unit No. 3 (210 MW)," CEA, May 25, 2021
  7. 7.0 7.1 Ray, Atmadip. "SBI group to finance 70% of DVC's new Bokaro Thermal unit". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2020-09-25.
  8. "BTPS ‘A’ GENERATING UNITS" Bokaro A, Damodar Valley Corporation website, accessed January 2012.
  9. Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country, Central Electricity Authority, September 2012
  10. "DVC trims power target," The Telegraph, Mar 31, 2014
  11. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, March 2016
  12. Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country, Central Electricity Authority, November 2015
  13. S.K. Agarwal, Water Pollution, (APH Publishing, 2005), page 113.
  14. "Bokaro Thermal: How are people facing the twin problem of power plant and coal mines pollution," Newsroot, December 7, 2022