Balagarh power station

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The Balagarh power station is a proposed 1,320 megawatt coal-fired power station in the state of West Bengal, India. The project, which has been proposed by CESC, is scheduled to be commissioned in 2016.


The plant is proposed for Balagarh in West Bengal, India.

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The power station was first proposed in 1992, when [[CESC] bought 800 acres from the state government to start a thermal power plant at Balagarh.[1]

In 2010 CPM demanded that CESC start work immediately for the Balagarh project or would lose the land, as no progress had been made. Shortly after, a resolution to start the project was taken at a meeting of the CESC's board of management, and the company sent an application to Coal India for coal linkage for the proposed 1320-MW plant. The company said the power station would be built in two phases at a cost of Rs 3,200 crore, and would be operationalised by 2013-2014.[1]

The company received a terms of reference for the power station in 2010.[2] In 2011 the company said the project was targeted to be commissioned by 2016, at an investment of Rs6,800 crore.[3]

Project Details

Sponsor: CESC[4]
Location: Char Bhabanipur village, Balagarh taluk, Hooghly district, West Bengal
Coordinates: 23.126218, 88.456134 (approximate)
Status: Pre-permit development
Capacity: 1,320 MW (2 x 660MW)
Type: Supercritical
Projected in service: 2016
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Coal Source:
Estimated annual CO2:
Source of financing:
Environmental Clearance: Terms of Reference, India MoEF, September 8, 2010

Resources and articles


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Stuck for 18 yrs, Balagarh power project moves 10 days after land grab threat," The Indian Express, Apr 30, 2010.
  2. Terms of Reference, India MoEF, September 8, 2010.
  3. "CESC to double Balagarh capacity," DNA India, Mar 23, 2011.
  4. "Expansion Plans", CESC website, accessed November 2011.

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