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Press Trust Of India
Tiroda, September 13, 2009
Adani Power Maharashtra Limited which is setting up a 1,320 MW thermal plant here has tied up for coal linkages with a central PSU, while it has been alloted blocks for captive coal mines by the Union Government. Coal linkages have been completed with the South Eastern Coalfields Ltd for the plant, which will start generating power from the second half of 2011-12, APML General Manager Sanjeev Dokey told reporters.

He said work on erecting boiler for the first generating unit will commence next month, while construction of the main plant will commence in November this year.

The company has expansion plans also lined up for the project after completion of the first phase. The capacity would eventually be taken to 3,300 MW with 1,980 MW to be added in the second phase.

The company plans to operate its own captive coal mines as its requirements grow. It has been allotted blocks at Lohara in Chandrapur district in the Vidarbha region.

The coal blocks are just about 11 kms away from Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR). A major controversy had erupted recently following objections by the environment groups against allotments of coal blocks located in deep forests.

Dokey said these blocks allotted in 2008 have reserves of 169.6 million tonnes. The company proposes to set up an opencast mine to exploit coal reserves with a capital investment of around Rs. 1,200 crores.

Mines will need 1,750 hectares of land out of which 1,600 hectares are in forest land. However, the environmental clearances have been obtained from the Centre for the project which will provide employment to 1,200 people. Besides, approvals from defence, civil aviation authorities and from the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board have been obtained.

Dokey said the company will provide power to the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company at Rs. 2.64 per unit from its 1,320 MW units of first phase for 25 years.