Adani Power Ltd (APL) may have to rework its plans of adding new capacity at its existing power plant location in Mundra as the expert panel of the union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) has asked the power arm of Adani group to find other location for expansion.
APL currently operates its thermal power plant (TPP) in Mundra, Kutch, with capacity 4,620 MW using imported coal. It had proposed to increase power generation to 7,620 MW at the existing location by addition of 3,000 MW (3 X 1,000 MW).
While declining the company's proposal to add capacity at the existing location on ground that it was situated very close to ecologically sensitive creek and estuary network, the expert advisory committee (EAC) on thermal power projects, suggested that APL should find another site away from the ecologically sensitive creek ecosystem complex for the proposed 3x1000 MW expansion.
An emailed query to the company did not elicit a response.
According to the document submitted by APL before the EAC, the site identified for the expansion includes 201.5 hectare land covering reserve forest. Also, there exists a reserved forest, mangrove forest, three small rivers and at least nine villages with schools and hospitals in 'close proximity' to the proposed site.