Karimnagar: Zero date of the Telangana State Thermal Power Station (TSTPS) Phase-I (2x800 MW) was started on January 29. However, the date for laying of foundation stone for the plant was yet to finalise. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to lay foundation in March. At a media appreciation programme held on Saturday, Executive Director, NTPC, P K Mohapatra informed that zero date of the Telangana STPS plant has already started and they are getting prepared for foundation laying ceremony.

Ramagundam unit, in the coming five years, is going to be the largest power station in the country with 6,600 MW power generation capacity once 4,000 MW capacity Telangana STPS plants promised in the AP Reorganisation Act was completed.

Stating that Telangana stage-I got environment clearance on January 20, the ED informed that power purchase agreement was signed with Telangana State Transco and coal linkage was also done. The plant requires 8.0 MTPA coal.  Of that, they are going to get 4 MTPA from Singareni and remaining coal would be supplied by Mandakini Coal Block, Odisha and Western Coal Limited of Maharastra.

50 percent of the power generated in the country was based on coal and remaining depending on solar, hydal and other sources. The Union government is contemplating to bring enormous changes in the power sector and concentrating more on renewable energies.

Generation of 10,000 to 15,000 MW solar power in the next five years, uninterrupted power supply 24/7 and affordable power supply to the people were the mission of the Union government, he informed.