Kamdara power station

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Kamdara power station is a cancelled power station in Kamdara, Gumla, Jharkhand, India.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Kamdara power station Kamdara, Gumla, Jharkhand, India 22.919791, 84.951289 (approximate)

The map below shows the approximate location of the power station.

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Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 cancelled coal - unknown 660 unknown
Unit 2 cancelled coal - unknown 660 unknown

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 Jharkhand State Electricity Board [100.0%]
Unit 2 Jharkhand State Electricity Board [100.0%]

Project-level captive use details

  • Captive industry use (heat or power): iron & steel


Source of financing:


Kamdara power station was originally planned for Chandil in Seraikela-Kharsawan district. However, in early November 2011 the Jharkhand State Electricity Board (JSEB) decided that due to lack of water for the plant, the project would to shifted to Kamdara in Gumla district, Jharkhand state, India.[1]

As of August 2014, the project is listed on the JSEB website in connection with the Maurya coal block: "Maurya coal block linked with M/S KEL, a SPV to run 2X660 MW plant at Kamdara in Gumla. 60% Power is allocated to Jharkhand, 25% to Bihar and 15% to U.P. Consultant – M/s PFC."[2]

However, as of April 2015 the project has yet to receive environmental permits and appears to be abandoned - or may have become the proposed 2,640 MW Kamdara power station (Jindal) sponsored by Jindal Power.


According to an article in 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." To supply the project, a reservoir will be built near Blaghat across river South Koel.[1]


The project will need 70 to 100 acres. According to the Telegraph, "talks were on with the Gumla district administration to acquire land for the project."[1]

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Rudra Biswas, Chandil’s loss is Kamdara’s gain", The Telegraph (India), November 2, 2011.
  2. "Coal Blocks," Jharkhand State Electricity Board website, accessed August 2014

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