Indian Railways

From Global Energy Monitor

Indian Railways is the Indian government agency responsible for the operation of public railways.

Coal power stations

Indian Railways is proposing the construction of a coal based thermal power plant at Adra in the District Purulia in West Bengal to make available "traction power supply at most economical rate".[1]

A pre-feasibility study on the project done by NTPC stated that a 1320MW power station would require approximately 7.42 million tonnes per annum of coal. It stated that coal would be supplied from unspecified coal mines and transported to the power station site by rail. It also flagged that the proposed power station would require 55 cusecs of water but that the nearby Dwarakeswar River "is nonperennial and is almost dry." NTPC also noted that water allocations from the Panchet dam 40 kilometres away on the Damodar River and the Maithon dam reservoir about 55 kilometres away are determined by the Damodar Valley River Regulation Committee(DVRRC). NTPC noted that "as discussed with officials of DVC, the water cannot be made available from these reservoirs as the allocations from these have already been exhausted. Hence, availability of water needs to be established by Railways after discussion with DVRRC for making the project feasible."[2]

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