Talcher Kaniha power station

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Talcher Kaniha power station is a 1,330 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Uttar Pradesh, India which is owned and operated by the National Thermal Power Corporation. [1] NTPC-Kaniha provides power to 17 states.[2]

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In Feb. 2011, power generation from the plant was cut down, with four of the six 500 Mw units shut down due to lack of coal. The power plant was producing about 700Mw, against its average daily generation of 3000MW. The company authorities have been forced to shut down four units as coal supply slowed due to rail blockade agitation by local people near Talcher coalfields, cutting off its coal supply.[3]

Besides drawing coal from Mahanadi Coalfield Limited (MCL), the plant has been using imported coal to meet the shortfall. But the rail blockade cut off coal supply from all sources. The protestors are alleging chronic negligence of Railways to Talcher station. The striking locals demand that all the Intercity and Express trains plying on Sambalpur and Bhubaneswar line should come to Talcher station instead of by-passing the station and running through Talcher Road, a few kilometers away.[3]

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  1. National Thermal Power Corporation, "Coal Based Power Stations ", National Thermal Power Corporation website, accessed June 2010.
  2. "Coal shortage forces NTPC to shut down four units at Kaniha" Business Standard, Feb. 21, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Coal shortage forces NTPC to shut down four units at Kaniha" Business Standard, Feb. 21, 2011.

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