India's first Ultra Mega Power Plant, the 4000 MW Coastal Gujarat Power Limited (CGPL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Power, has successfully completed three years of operation, generating 62,945.77 MUs of electricity from 2012 to 2015.
Using supercritical technology, and one of the most energy-efficient thermal power plant in the country, the Mundra UMPP supplies electricity to 8 discoms in 5 states, namely Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Haryana and Punjab. Gujarat is the largest procurer of power from CGPL at 47.5%, followed by Maharashtra at 20%, Punjab at 12.5%, and Haryana and Rajasthan at 10% each.
The Mundra UMPP meets 2% of India's power needs and benefits close to 16 million domestic consumers, apart from supplying cost competitive power to industry and agriculture. In Gujarat, the project supplies power to Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Limited, in Maharshtra to Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd, and in Punjab to Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd. The project powers 2 discoms in Haryana- Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Ltd, and 3 discoms in Rajasthan- Ajmer Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd., Jaipur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd and Jodhpur Vidyut Vitran Nigam Ltd.
Expressing his delight, Mr. Anil Sardana, CEO & MD, Tata Power, said, "The year 2015 marks 3 years of CGPL's operations. The project remains a marvel and is a fine example of world-class technology combined with innovations by the project team. Over the last 3 years, we have lit up millions of homes with electricity, and have touched even more lives with our dedicated team living up to the Group philosophy of 'serving the society'. Towards this, we have ensured a steady, mutual growth of the Company and the surrounding community by exploring and engaging, and building and formalising relationships with the communities. We are thrilled by our achievements so far, and will continue on this path of growth and development."
In addition, Mundra UMPP has partnered with reputed government and non-governmental organisations for livelihood enhancement for seasonal migrant fishing communities residing in this region. It has also engaged with Aga Khan Society for Rural Development Program (India) to implement the Sagarbandhu project dedicated to the development of the fishing community. Such programmes include distribution of solar lights on fishing boat, better fishing nets to fishermen and fish selling equipment to fisherwomen. These interventions have helped fishermen increase their productivity and in turn their income levels.
Education has also been an important focus for Tata Power in Mundra, and has implemented several projects to boost the community's literacy levels. Under its project Sujaan, the Company promotes computer literacy by setting up learning stations in the villages, and imparting trainings on innovations in technology, hardware/software design, and cognitive skills. Under its programme Shiksha Sarthi, the Company focuses on educational excellence of the children through learning camps, science fairs, etc. Tata Power always undertakes projects that help its communities towards development, and the company will continue to undertake similar endeavors in the future. Till date, the Company has conducted a total of 176 Learning Camps in 45 schools under its Shiksha Sarthi programme, and reached out to a total of 6809 children, bringing better education at their doorstep.
This year, the company completed 100 years of serving the nation by 'lighting up lives' and being a part of India's growth story. The company believes in giving the nation something more than just power. In continuation with this 'Invisible Goodness', the Company enthusiastically engages with the local community to identify and address its developmental needs. The initiatives span across education, income and livelihood generation, health, natural resource management, infrastructure and institution building.