Bhadreshwar power project is a 300 MW coal fired thermal power plant owned and operated by OPG Power Ventures at Kutch district in Gujarat, India
On February 8, 2012, the National Green Tribunal, a body created in 2010 to handle cases relating to environmental protection, directed that no construction activity should take place with respect to the plant until all approvals are obtained by OPG Power Ventures, the promoter of the project. Construction had begun at the site without the necessary approvals under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, and CRZ clearance. The construction had been challenged at the National Green Tribunal by fisherfolk, salpan workers, and local villagers.
The NGT said, in what seemed like a misguided effort to make the project look clean, the company’s environmental impact assessment (EIA) report actually recorded pollution indicators well below possible levels, essentially fabricating their data.
As of July 2014, the company was reporting that construction was nearing completion at the site and heading toward commissioning in the last quarter of 2014:
- The milestone activity of hydraulic testing for both units has previously been completed. Here, the assembly and installation of both turbines and the generator and instrumentation is significantly advanced too. The state-owned electricity transmission company is preparing its high voltage transmission infrastructure including transmission lines for evacuation of power from the plant, an activity that the Company is undertaking, in part, on behalf of the state. Both projects remain on track for commissioning to commence in the last quarter of calendar year 2014.
Sponsor: OPG Power Ventures
Location: Bhadreshwar village, Mundra taluk, Kutch district, Gujarat
Coordinates: 22.896182, 69.896263 (exact)
Capacity: 300 MW (2 x 150 MW)
- “Environment reports have ‘cooked data,’ says tribunal,” The Hindu, Feb. 12, 2012.
- “OPG Project Update,” OPG website, July 1, 2014
- “OPG Power to commission 300 MW power plant on Saturday,” live mint, Feb 26, 2015
- “Green Tribunal flags rad for OPG’s power plant,” Indian Express, February 15, 2012
- “Green setback for OPG Power plant,” Business Standard, February 15, 2012
- “Green tribunal stops Gujarat power project,” Hindustan Times, February 14, 2012
- “Stop OPG’s power plant work at Mudra untill it gets environmental clearance: National Green Tribunal,” The Economic Times, February 15, 2012
- “Stop OPG’s power plant work at Mudra, Gujarat: Green Tribunal,” Deccan Chronicle, February 16, 2012
- National Green Tribunal order here.