Dahanu power station

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Dahanu power station is a 500-megawatt (MW) coal plant in Maharashtra, India.

A 1200 MW expansion was proposed and then cancelled.


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The existing power station consists of two 250 MW units, both built in 1995; it is operated by Reliance Infrastructure Limited, which until 2008 was known as Reliance Energy and until 2002 as Bombay Suburban Electric Supply (BSES).[1][2]

Proposed 1200 MW Expansion

According to an August 2007 press report, Reliance Infrastructure was in the process of getting the required clearances for a 1200 MW expansion at the same site. The project would not require additional land. It would use imported coal. The company said that it planned to include a flue gas desulphurisation unit with the plant.[3]

As of April 2014, there is no mention of the 1200 MW expansion on the Reliance Energy website or in the news media, and it appears that the project is defunct.

Opposition to Dahanu expansion

The expansion of the Dahanu plant is opposed by local farmers and fishermen, who complain about the effect of air and water pollution from the existing plant on chikoo orchards, mango orchards, and coconuts, as well fishing. One of the leaders of the opposition, Nergis Irani, led a successful campaign that resulted in the area's designation as "ecologically fragile" by the Ministry of Environment and Forests in 1991. In 1996, Irani's organization Dahanu Taluka Environmental Welfare Association (DTEWA) won a Supreme Court order creating the Dahanu Taluka Environmental Protection Authority (DTEPA) in "order to address the complex issues of planning and management of ecologically fragile areas." In 2005 the DTEWA won a legal order to require the plant to guarantee the setting up of flue gas desulphurisation by a bank guarantee of Rs. 300 crore, in order to end 18 years of delays in controlling sulphur emissions.[4][5][6]

Additional articles on the opposition to the Dahanu expansion:


Citizen Organizations

Project Details for 1200 MW Expansion

Sponsor: Reliance Infrastructure Limited
Location: Dahanu village, Thane district, Maharashtra state, India
Coordinates: 19.9545, 72.7478 (exact)[7]
Status: Cancelled
Capacity: 1200 MW
Projected in service:
Coal Source:
Estimated annual CO2:
Source of financing:

Resources and articles

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  1. Chandran, Rina (2008-04-28). "India Reliance Energy is now Reliance Infrastructure". Reuters. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
  2. "Reliance Energy News". Reliance-energy-news.newslib.com. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
  3. "Reliance Energy to boost Dahanu plant capacity by 1,200 MW," Newsonprojects.com, August 17, 2007
  4. Sara Sidner, "Activist Nergis Irani Takes On Reliance in Dahanu," CNN, January 17, 2010 (posted on Parsi Khabar)
  5. Dahanu Taluka Environmental Welfare Association (DTEWA)
  6. Dahanu Taluka Environmental Protection Authority (DTEPA)
  7. "Dahanu (Dhanu) Coal Power Station India," Global Energy Observatory, accessed February 2012

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