Raghunathpur Thermal Power Station

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Raghunathpur power station is a proposed 1200-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in West Bengal, India. An additional 1,320 MW has also been proposed at the site.


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

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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. A second 1320 MW phase has also been proposed.[3]

Unit 1 was commissioned in August 2014, and Unit 2 is planned for March 2015. Phase II is under construction and planned for completion by FY 2017.[4]

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."[5]

Project Details

Sponsor: Damodar Valley Corporation
Location: Raghunathpur village, Purulia district, West Bengal
Coordinates: 23.6219101, 86.6607034 (exact)
Status: Phase I: Operating; Phase II: Construction
Nameplate capacity: Phase I: 1200 MW (2 x 600 MW); Phase II: 1,320 MW
Type: Supercritical
Projected in service: 2014-5 (Phase I)
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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. Pinak Ghosh, "DVC trims power target", The Telegraph, March 31, 2014.
  4. Broad Status Report, India Central Electrical Authority, February 2015
  5. "DVC project to be ready by March after 18-month delay" Shiv Sahay Singh, The Hindu, December 17, 2012.

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