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The proposed Raghunathpur Thermal Power Project has been planned forimplementation of a coal based Thermal Power Plant with a capacity of 2 X 600 MWStage-II at Raghunathpur in Purulia District of West Bengal.In order to assess the likely impacts on various environmental components which maybe affected due to the proposed project, a Rapid Environmental Impact Assessment(REIA) Study was carried out. The REIA Report consists of field data generated duringthe premonsoon season of 2006. An Environmental Management Plan, includingproposed pollution control systems, Disaster Management Plan (DMP) and anEnvironmental Monitoring Plan have also been included in the EIA Report.
1.1Need of the Project
The present power shortage at national level is 7-8% and peak shortage is 11%. Thedemand of the power in the country is growing at a rate of 7.43% per annum whereasthe average growth in the capacity addition during the decade has been around 4.4%only. The present power shortage may not appear to be so acute because of the presentrate of subdued growth. As soon as the industrial growth gains momentum, the impactwould have cascading effect on economy of the country. Considering 8% growth of GDPper annum the rate of growth of power needs to be raised to more than 10% per annum.In conclusion, the factors justifying the proposed project at Raghunathpur could besummarized below :1.Established power demand both within DVC licensed area & at national level.2.Location of plant near source of coal rendering obvious advantages.3.Ready availability of land.4.Availability of transmission facility.5.Availability of water.6.Infrastructural back up from the existing facilities in the command area of DVC.
The proposed Thermal Power Project would be located in Raghunathpur, Purulia Districtof the State of West Bengal. The proposed project is situated about 7 km away fromthe state highway. The project is 11 km away from the Sanka RS on Adra-Bujudih BroadGauge line of S.E. Railway.
The study covers all areas within a radius of 10 km around the plant site.
There are no wildlife sanctuaries or national parks within a 10 km radius of the projectsite. The Panchet Dam is located on the river Damodar within 15 km from the area.The river Damodar flows within 5 km of the project site.
3.0THE PROJECT3.1The Power Plant
The proposed project would be located in a barren land.The principal features or highlights of the proposed Thermal Power Project atRaghunathpur are as follows :Location:Raghunathpur, District Purulia , West BengalCapacity:Stage-I:2 x 600 MWStage-II:2 x 600 MWLand Requirement:736 hectares (1,820 acres)Mode of Operation:Base LoadMain Fuel:CoalCooling System:Recirculating type with natural draft cooling towers.Source of Water:From Damodar River.
3.2Land Requirement
The land required for setting up the plant is 736 hectares (1,820 acres).
The fuel for the power plant would be coal. Considering an average GCV of 3500KCal/Kg, the annual requirement of coal for Stage-I of the proposed power project at100% PLF is 6.26 M.t per year. However, considering a PLF of 80% the requirementwould be 5.008 M.t.y.The annual requirement of coal for Stage-II is 7.12 Mt per year considering 100% PLF.
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