The Centre has given the green light to Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) for installing a 2×800 MW coal-based thermal power plant in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu, entailing an investment of ₹12,664 crore.
As per the proposal, Tangedco will set up the power plant with super critical technology at Uppur, Valamavoor and Thiruppalaikudi villages in the Ramanathapuram district. The proposed project requires 6.64 million tonnes of coal a year to be imported and supplied by State-owned MMTC either from Indonesia or other countries. “The Environment Ministry has given environmental clearance to the proposed power project of Tangedco and also the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance for foreshore facilities (cooling water intake and outfall structures) subject to compliance of specific and general conditions,” a senior government official said. The environmental clearance for the power plant will be valid for seven years while the CRZ clearance for foreshore facilities will be valid for five years.