Environmental issues may pose threat to Tilaiya
The Union government plans to call for the next round of bids for the 4,000 MW power plant at Tilaiya in Jharkhand. However sources said that it poses significant environmental problems that have been glossed over. It is given to understand that Tilaiya project has no water. In order to provide water linkage, the dam’s height needs to be raised which in turn will submerge 20 villages.
The Water and Power Consultancy Services Ltd, a public sector undertaking with expertise in dam surveillance, power and infrastructure, has been asked to study the issue of water supply to the project and recommended spending Rs350-500 crore to strengthen the Tilaiya dam.
Eleven developers had qualified for the so-called request for proposals stage, or the second stage of bidding for the plant, one of the so-called ultra mega power projects launched by the Union government to accelerate the addition of power generating capacity in the country.
Of the 11, nine companies have purchased the documents for the next stage of bidding: NTPC, Essar Power, Reliance Power, Tata Power, Larsen and Toubro, Jindal Steel and Power, Sterlite Industries (India), Lanco Infratech and Citra Thermal Power and Infrastructure.