Tata Begunia power station

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Tata Begunia power station (previously known as the Naraj Marthapur power project) was a proposed 2,000-megawatt (MW) power plant in Odisha, India. The project is sponsored by Tata Power.


The map below shows Gopalpur town in Ganjam district, but not the exact location of the project:

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In 2011 environmental clearance was granted to Tata Power for one 660 MW coal-fired unit at at Naraj-Marthapur village in Cuttack district, Odisha.[1]

In June 2013, it was reported the project had been moved from its previous location at Naraj Marthapur over opposition of the state forest and environment department and green activists, due to its proximity to the Chandaka wildlife sanctuary. The new site, split into two plots and adds up to 975 acres, consists of government and Jagannath Temple land and some private non-irrigated land in Begunia tehsil. The project is planned to be 2,000 MW.[2][3][4]

As of March 2015, Tata Power reported land acquisition as in progress. The project is expected to take more than three years to complete post land acquisition.[5] The project was later moved to Gopalpur on the state's southern coast, in Ganjam district.[6]

In January 2017 Business Standard of India reported the coal plant had been shelved, as Tata Power's plans to use imported coal as fuel and set up a desalination plant for water cooling had proven prohibitively expensive, pushing the project on the back burner. According to the article: "One of the key reasons for the company shelving its original plan is the de-allocation of its Mandakini coal block. The block was de-allocated on a Supreme Court order that saw scrapping of licences of over 200 coal blocks."[6]

Project Details

Sponsor: Tata Power
Location: Gopalpur town, Ganjam district, Odisha
Coordinates: 19.27, 84.92 (approximate)
Status: Cancelled
Nameplate capacity: 2,000 MW
Projected in service:
Coal Type:
Coal Source: Imported
Source of financing:
Permits and applications: Environmental Clearance, India MoEF, Feb 15, 2011

Resources and articles

Related GEM.wiki articles


  1. Environmental Clearance, India MoEF, Feb 15, 2011
  2. "Tata Power shifts project site on environment concerns," Business Standard, June 23, 2013
  3. "Tata Power shifts project site on environment concerns," Business Standard, June 23, 2013
  4. Katya B Naidu & Arijit Barman, "Q&A: S Ramakrishnan, Tata Power" Business Standard, January 3, 2012.
  5. "Begunia Power Project," India Infra Monitor, March 2015
  6. 6.0 6.1 Nirmalya Behera & Jayajit Dash, "Tata Power's Odisha project shelved: The company's efforts of setting up a coal-fired power station in Odisha have been stalled," Business Standard, January 3, 2017
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