Dumka power station (CESC)

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Dumka power station (CESC) is a cancelled power station in Dumka, Jharkhand, India.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Dumka power station (CESC) Dumka, Dumka, Jharkhand, India 24.263371, 87.246407 (approximate)

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Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Phase I Unit 1 cancelled coal - unknown 300 unknown
Phase I Unit 2 cancelled coal - unknown 300 unknown
Phase II cancelled coal - unknown 660 unknown

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Phase I Unit 1 CESC Ltd (CESC) [100.0%]
Phase I Unit 2 CESC Ltd (CESC) [100.0%]
Phase II CESC Ltd (CESC) [100.0%]

Project-level coal details

  • Permit(s): Terms of Reference: 2011-08-24


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The project would be developed in two phases. Phase I comprises two units, each 300 MW. Phase II is a 660 MW unit. The project received a terms of reference on August 24, 2011.[1] According to the company in 2011, the project will be completed in 2016.[2]

In February 2014 CESC Limited sought another three-year extension for the plant, which was first proposed in 2005-06. The project, along with several other power and steel projects in the region, has been stalled due to villagers’ protests against land acquisition. There were also delays in getting clearances and coal supply from Mahuagarhi.[3]

In August 2014 the plant's coal allocation was declared illegal by the India Supreme Court. The allocation was the Mahuagiri coal block, 25 km from the proposed project area.[4]

In June 2016 CESC said it had decided not to pursue the coal plant, due to the coal de-allocation.[5]

Protest turns violent

In 2008 villagers protested against the arrest of Jharkhand Ulgulan Manch activists, who were opposed to the proposed plant. Two tribal men were killed in police firing, while six villagers and security personnel sustained injuries. Afterward the company shifted the proposed site from Kathikund to the Danro area in Dumka.[3]

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