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.
2.0THE SITE AND THE SURROUNDINGS
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.