Raghunathpur Thermal Power Station

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Raghunathpur power station is a proposed 2,520-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station under various stages of construction in West Bengal, India.


The photo below shows the project at Raghunathpur, in Purlia district.

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Phase I, Units 1-2

The power station is proposed by Damodar Valley Corporation and would comprise two 600 MW units slated to be commissioned in 2013.[1][2]

In March 2014 it was reported that "the first phase was supposed to become operational in November 2010. However, because of major issues such as non-availability of land, water and rail connectivity, the project has been delayed,” an official said.[3]

Unit 1 was commissioned in August 2014.[4] Unit 2 was commissioned in January 2016. However, the two units did not enter commercial operation until March 2016.[5]

Phase II, Units 3-4

A second phase of 2 x 660 MW has also been proposed.[3] Phase II is listed as under construction,[4] and planned for completion in India's 13th plan (2018-2023).[6]

In the July 2016 Broad Status Report, Phase II is no longer listed. It appears the project has been shelved or cancelled.[7]

Citizen opposition

It has been reported that the power utility was planning to build a 10-km pipeline from a local dam to the plant for its water needs. "For constructing the pipeline, it had run into land acquisition problems ... the physical construction of the pipeline faced opposition from locals who demanded jobs in addition to the compensation. 'There are about 2, 200 land-losers at the moment and their number is going to increase as land is acquired for ensuring water connectivity and rail connectivity,' said J.K. Singh, Chief Engineer of the project, adding that it was not possible to provide jobs to every land-loser."[8]

Project Details

Sponsor: Damodar Valley Corporation
Location: Raghunathpur village, Purulia district, West Bengal
Coordinates: 23.6219101, 86.6607034 (exact)
Status: Units 1-2: Operating; Units 3-4: Shelved
Nameplate capacity: Phase I: 1200 MW (Units 1&2: 600 MW); Phase II: 1,320 MW (Units 3&4: 660 MW)
Type: Supercritical
Projected in service: 2014 (Unit 1); 2016 (Unit 2); 2018-2023 (Units 3-4)
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Resources and articles


  1. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country" Government of India Ministry of Power, September 2012.
  2. Damodar Valley Corporation, "Growth Plans: 11th Plan Capacity Addition Programme", Damodar Valley Corporation website, accessed November 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Pinak Ghosh, "DVC trims power target", The Telegraph, March 31, 2014.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Broad Status Report, India Central Electrical Authority, April 2015
  5. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, March 2016
  6. "Supply of coal to Power Plants," India Ministry of Power, July 23, 2015
  7. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, July 2016
  8. "DVC project to be ready by March after 18-month delay" Shiv Sahay Singh, The Hindu, December 17, 2012.

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