Katwa Super Thermal Power Project (NTPC) is a proposed 1600 MW coal-fired power project by NTPC at Burdwan district in West Bengal, India.
The project was initially proposed by the West Bengal Power Development Corporation but opposition from landlords left the corporation with only 556 acres of the 1030 acres of land need for the plant. In 2008 the project was handed over to NTPC. NTPC signed a memorandum of understanding for power purchase with the West Bengal government in 2010. The current government has stated that land purchases are a matter for the companies proposing power project not the government. In February 2012 NTPC stated that they were still hopeful that they could buy the remain land needed for the project.
government officials in West Bengal identified three remaining obstacles: loopholes in the government’s proposal to allocate a coal block for the project; environmental inadequacy of the 706 acres allocated to the plant, such as lack of sufficient storage space for coal ash; and an unpaid debt by NTPC to the state power utility of Rs 182 crore. There is still question mark over the completion of this project.
Location: Katwa, Kasigram, Khaner hat, Nanagar, Baghtona ,jajigram, Bandra, Begunkota and Sankhai villages, Burdwan district, West Bengal
Coordinates: 23.65, 88.13 (approx)
Status: Pre-permit development
Capacity: 2 X 800 MW
Projected in service: 2019 or 2020
Permits and applications: Environmental Clearance, India MoEF, May 1, 2008; Terms of Reference, India MoEF, May 13, 2011; Terms of reference, India MoEF, Dec 12, 2014.
- “NTPC makes last-ditch effort to revive Katwa project: direct acquisition of land from farmers runs into problems due to involvement of middlemen and high prices being quoted”, Business Standard, February 19, 2012.
- “Katwa thermal power plant: Down but not out” Infochange Environment, May 2009.
- Debjoy Sengupta, “NTPC gives nod to Katwa power plant in West Bengal,” The Economic Times, 17 February 2014
- “Doubts on NTPC plant: Govt officials point to three hurdles in Katwa,” The Telegraph, 4 February 2014
- Terms of reference, India MoEF, Dec 12, 2014
- Terms of Reference, Ministry of Environment and Forests, received 13 May 2011
- Mamata assures support for Katwa, Raghunathpur power plants, Business Standard, May 15, 2015