Yadadri power plant gets green signal

Yadadri power plant gets green signal
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The power generation under the government sector has got a shot in the arm in the form of environmental clearance from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest to Yadadri Power Generation Station.

Hyderabad: The power generation under the government sector has got a shot in the arm in the form of environmental clearance from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest to Yadadri Power Generation Station.

The thermal power station with a capacity of 4,000 MW would be set up at Damaracherla of the Suryapet district. It would virtually double the thermal power generation capacity in State sector.

The environmental clearance, a key permission for construction of projects, would enable the TSGENCO to initiate the construction activities forthwith without any legal hurdles. Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India has informed the clearance to the TSGENCO recently. The clearance has been given after the public hearing. It would be in force for seven years.

The TSGENCO has proposed the project would be constructed in an area of 2800 acres at the rate 0.7 acres per mega watt. Out of the required land 2095 acres is forest land and the rest belongs to private, government and others. The project is construed with super critical technology which uses pulverized coal as fuel.

The project needs about 3.10 TMC of water per year and the requirement would be met from Krishna River. Fly ash being generated from the project would be given to the nearby cement manufacturing plants. Unutilised fly ash and bottom ash would be disposed an area of 400 acres.

The project would displace about 173 families and Rs 16 crore has been earmarked for rehabilitation activities. Green belt is proposed in 1,352 acres which include restoration of forest area of 1,049 acres.

Estimated project cost is Rs 25,099 crore and additional budget of Rs 0.9 crore per MW has been earmarked for unseen expenditure. Under Corporate Social Responsibility about Rs 100 crore would be spent in the affected areas. As much as 2000 jobs would be created after the completion of construction.

Meanwhile giving its nod for the GENCO for Yadadri plant, the MOEF said the Singareni Collieries should supply coal.

Separate environmental clearance should be obtained for construction of township. Plantation should be raised at the rate of 2,500 saplings per hectare. Alternate technology should be explored for utilization of fly ash such as road making etc.

Skill mapping of project affected people should be carried out on a long term basis for their livelihood generation. Modern methods of agriculture like organic forming, compost making and drip irrigation should be promoted.

A well designated rain water harvesting system shall be put in place within six months from the date of clearance. No water bodies including natural drainage system in the area should be disturbed.

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