Troubled Indian Coal Plant Construction Sites

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By end-2017, at least 38 coal-fired power units under construction at 17 locations totaling 17,420 MW were on hold according to satellite imagery and the India Ministry of Power's "Broad Status Reports", most often due to lack of financing.

Troubled projects

The following is a list of coal plants in India where construction began and has since stalled for two years or more with no further development, as of January 2018:

Project Other names Number of Units Halted MW Halted Issues Ministry of Power Notes State
Bhavanapadu Thermal Power Project 2 1320 Finances, Civil Resistance "Presently work is held up at site due to financial issues." "Law & Order problem."[1] Andhra Pradesh
Tori power plant 2 1200 Finances, Civil Resistance, Water Availability, Coal, Permit "Presently no work is in progress due to financial constraints"[1] Jharkhand
Gorgi power station 1 660 Finances "Work is on hold at site due to Financial crunch being faced by the developer."[1] Madhya Pradesh
Bijora power station 2 600 Finances "Work at site put on hold due to financial crunch."[1] Maharashtra
Malibrahmani power station 2 1050 Finances "Work held up due to financial constraints"[1] Odisha
Gadarwara power station (BLA) Niwari 1 45 Finances "Presently work at site has been put on hold."[1] Madhya Pradesh
Lanco Amarkantak Thermal Power Project Phase II 2 1320 Finances, Land Acquisition "Presently no work is going at the site due to financial problems."[1] Chhattisgarh
Athena Chhattisgarh power station Singhitarai 2 1200 Finances "Work at site is on hold due to financial constraints. Delay in Land Acquisition. Slow progress of boiler & TG erection. Delay due to financial problems."[1] Chhattisgarh
KSK Mahanadi Power Project 3 1800 Finances, Civil Resistance, Problems with coal supply "Coal blocks of Gujarat and Goa linked to the power project for cancelled by Supreme court. Delay due to shortage of manpower and agitations by Villagers. Supply of material due to shortage of funds."[1] Chhattisgarh
Salora power station 1 135 Civil Resistance "Delay due to agitation by the villagers at project site."[1] Chhattisgarh
Raigarh project (VISA Power) VISA Power 2 1200 Finances "On hold due to financial crunch."[2] Chhattisgarh
Chandwa Power Project Matrishri Usha Jayaswal 4 1080 Civil Resistance "Work held up due to payment issue to BHEL since 11/12."[3] Jharkhand
Amravati Thermal Power Project, Phase II 5 1350 Finances "Due to financial constraints project has been put on hold."[1] Maharashtra
Nasik RattanIndia Thermal Power Project Phase II 3 810 Finances "Work at site has been put on hold since long back."[1] Maharashtra
Banka Power Project Siriya 4 2640 Coal Supply "Presently no work is in progress at site."[1] Bihar
Cuttack KVK Nilachal power station 1 350 Stay imposed over violation of wildlife protection laws. "Work held-up due to stay by honorable HC of Odisha. From 18.05.12 to 05/2015."[1] Odisha
Tuticorin power station (Ind-Barath) 1 660 Finances Archival photography on Google Earth and records of expenditures reported by the Ministry of Power show the project has not progressed beyond foundation works, with only 100 Lakhs (US$150,000) spent in 2017/18.[4] Tamil Nadu
Total 38 17,420 MW

Cuttack KVK Nilachal power station - Odisha

As shown in satellite photos spanning the period from April 2012 to October 2016, work on the project has not progressed in over four years.

Cuttack KVK Nilachal power station, April 9, 2012 (Google Earth)
Cuttack KVK Nilachal power station, October 31, 2013 (Google Earth)
Cuttack KVK Nilachal power station, November 24, 2014 (Google Earth)
Cuttack KVK Nilachal power station, October 20, 2016 (Google Earth)

Babandh power station - Odisha

The Broad Status Report does not include this project among those considered on hold; however, construction has been underway since 2011 and shows little progress since 2013. The December 2016 Broad Status Report says that work is "almost held up due to financial constraint."[5]

According to the December 2017 Broad Status, "Work was held up due to financial constraints, now the work restarted."[6]

Babandh power station 4-16-13 (Google Earth)
Babandh power station 2-3-14 (Google Earth)
Babandh power station 2-23-15 (Google Earth)
Babandh power station 12-14-16 (Google Earth)

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References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 "Broad Status Report," India Ministry of Power, November 2017.
  2. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, October 2016
  3. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, October 2016
  4. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, December 2017
  5. "MONTHLY REPORT ON BROAD STATUS OF THERMAL POWER PROJECTS IN THE COUNTRY," Ministry of Power, December 2016.
  6. "Monthly Report on Broad Status of Thermal Power Projects in the Country," Government of India Ministry of Power, Dec 2017

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