Birra Thermal Power Project

Birra Thermal Power Project  is a proposed 1320 MW coal fired thermal power plant set up by Hindustan Powerprojects, formerly Moser Baer Power & Infrastructures at Birra village, Champa district, Chhattisgarh India.

The company states that it is “actively pursuing various pre-developmental activities to achieve the planned Commercial Operation of this project by 2014.”

The proposal is for determination of terms of reference (TOR) for undertaking EIA/EMP as per provisions of EIA notification 2006. The matter was placed in the 54th Meeting of the EAC held during September 10-12, 2009. The EAC also noted that many power and other development projects have already been approved on the basis of water linkage from Mahanadi River. Already the EAC is informed that more than 400 MCM allotment out of water from Mahanadi River has been allotted. The EAC therefore agreed that the Ministry shall write to the state Govt. asking for details of water allocation from Mahanadi River for various projects. The Committee was informed that in the said meeting other proposal for which water is to be sourced from Mahanadi River were prescribed TOR.

In 2012 the India high court at Bilaspur annulled the acquisition of farmland, saying the acquisition of farmers’ fertile land by the state government for private sector power companies is now an act in favor of public welfare, and that the land acquisition rules had not been followed during the acquisition process.

According to the company website in March 2015, it plans “to start the construction works immediately after financial closure is achieved.

Project Details

Sponsor: Hindustan Powerprojects, formerly Moser Baer Power & Infrastructures
Location: Birra village, Champa district, Chhattisgarh
Coordinates: 21.756471,82.782962 (approx)
Status: Pre-permit development
Capacity: 1320 MW (Units 1&2: 660 MW)
Type: Supercritical
Projected in service: 2014
Permits and applications: Environmental Impact Assessment

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