The Centre’s green panel has given clearance to Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) for setting up of a 2×800 MW thermal power plant in Ramanathapuram district, entailing an investment of Rs 12,664 crore.
An Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) under Union Environment Ministry discussed TANGEDCO’s proposal in its recent meeting and recommended grant of coastal regulation zone (CRZ) clearance subject to some conditions, sources said.
The ministry will soon take a final view on the proposal. As per the proposal, TANGEDCO will establish a 2×800 MW capacity of imported coal based thermal power plant with super critical technology at Uppur, Valamavoor and Thiruppalaikudi villages in Ramanathapuram district.
The company has proposed to use sea water for the water requirement of the power plant. For fuel requirement, TANGEDCO has entered into a pact with state-owned MMTC for supply of 5.02 million tonnes per annum of imported coal.
It proposes to transport coal from Tuticorin Port Trust to the project site through the existing railway line and then take off to the power plant. This work will be done by Railways. TANGEDCO has earmarked Rs 38 crore for corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities. PTI