NTPC Limited, India’s biggest power generator, hopes to start production from its allotted Dulanga coal block by March 2015. With a mineable reserve of 152 million tonnes, the block is in the Ib valley coalfields and is linked to NTPC’s 1600 MW super thermal power station being developed at Darlipalli in Sundargarh district and which is scheduled to be commissioned by 2018.

The cost of developing the coal block is estimated at INR1556.65 crore and to date NTPC has spent 76.92 crore on the project. The block secured in-principle environment clearance in March 2012 with final clearance expected after receipt of the Stage-I forest clearance.

The coal development will occupy 464.15 acres of private land with notification under Section 11 of the Coal Bearing Areas CBA Act, 1957 issued. Land rates have been finalized and disbursement of compensation will commence after approval from NTPC's board.

The development of township, rehabilitation & resettlement colony and necessary infrastructure needs another 410.07 acres of land.

The state revenue & disaster management department has approved the proposal to issue notification under Section (7) for R&R colony, CISF colony and infrastructure area. Proposal for Section 4 (1) notification for 210.63 acres to dump overburden is being processed by the state government.

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