Sundargarh Ultra Mega Power Project

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Sundargarh Ultra Mega Power Project is one of nine Ultra Mega Power Projects proposed by the government of India as part of a strategy to add an additional 100,000 megawatts of generation capacity by 2017.


The project is planned for Bhedabahal village, Sundergarh district, Orissa. The map shows the location of Bhedabahal but not the exact location of the project:

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The 4,000 megawatt project is in the state of Orissa.[1][2]

Twenty power companies, including Tata Power, NTPC and Lanco, have submitted bids for the 4,000 MW ultra mega power project (UMPP) in Orissa and are believed to have qualified for the second round, which starts in October 2011.[3] The plant is supposed to be online by 2013.[4] Ultimately the project was awarded to NTPC.[5]

Coal blocks

On June 29, 2011, the Ministry of Environment and Forests gave approval to three proposed plants in Orissa and cleared six coal blocks related to the plants. Three coal-blocks (Meenakshi-A, Meenakshi-B and Meenakshi Dipside) were allocated to the Sundargarh UMPP. Five of the six coal blocks were in areas the Environment Ministry had previously defined as no go areas for mining in 2010, including Dulanga, as those areas had over 30 per cent gross forest cover. The actual mining process can begin only once the companies receive the final approval of a panel set up to assess projects in forest areas.[6]

Citizen Action

On September 21, 2011, civil society groups said the Orissa government should conduct a fresh study on thermal power plants in the state, a day after the National Green Tribunal recommended in-depth research on the impact of radiation from a plant at Koradi in Maharashtra. Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO) convenor Ranjan Panda said: "all under construction thermal power plants [should] stop work before such impacts assessments are done and ask for fresh environment impact assessment studies and public hearings for these plants in line with the latest judgment."[7]

Project Details

Sponsor: Government of India
Location: Bhedabahal village, Sundergarh District, Orissa
Coordinates: 22.040484, 84.032603 (location of Bhedabahal but not the exact location of the project)
Status: Proposed
Nameplate capacity: 4,000 MW
Projected in service: 2017
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  1. Rebecca Petchey, Michael Lampard and Alan Copeland, Thermal coal", Australian commodities, ABARE, Volume 17 number 1, March quarter 2010, page 155.
  2. Amiti Sen & Subhash Narayan, "States make case for second UMPP with advanced land clearances", Economic Times, (India), March 20, 2010.
  3. "20 bidders qualify for next round for Orissa's UMPP" The Economic Times, Sep. 20, 2011.
  4. "Sundergarh Ultra Mega Power Project in Orissa by 2013" KSEB Officers' Association, December 22, 2008.
  5. Jayajit Dash, "State may create special LA cell for NTPC project", Business Standard, January 26, 2012.
  6. "Environment ministry clears 3 Orissa power projects" Business Today, June 29, 2011.
  7. Bhubaneswar, "Activists demand fresh study on Orissa thermal plants" Deccan Herald, Sep. 21, 2011.

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