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NTPC-Vidyanchal completes 25 years of operation

Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power Station of NTPC, the largest power station in the country, completed 25 years of successful operations on Thursday.

It has emerged as a jewel among NTPC plants, winning many awards and consistently ensuring steady supply of power to a large number of states like Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Daman and Diu and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

The Vindhyachal station has now installed a capacity of 3,760 MW consisting of six units of 210 MW in stage I, two units of 500 MW in stage II, two units of 500 MW in stage III and one unit of 500 MW in stage IV.

The foundation stone of NTPC Vindhyachal was laid in November 1982 by the then PM Indira Gandhi and the first unit started functioning five years later on November 12,1987.

The coal for the power plant is sourced from Nighai mines. The source of water for the power plant is discharge canal of Singrauli Super Thermal Power Station. Vindhyachal Station is located in Sidhi district of Madhya Pradesh and the Station is situated on the bank of Govind Vallabh Pant Sagar, popularly known as Rihand reservoir.

The power sation was a dedicated symbol of collaboration between India and the erstwhile Soviet Union. Stage I of the station was implemented with techno-economic assistance from the then Soviet government and its main equipments were also supplied by them.

The approved project cost of stage I was Rs. 1460.37 crore with part financing by Soviet Union amounting to 303.66 million roubles.  The approved cost of stage II was Rs 2702 crore.
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