The 600 megawatt (MW) coal-based thermal power station of Haldia Energy (HEL) that meets 40 per cent of Kolkata’s power needs, supplied by CESC, has emerged as one of the greenest electricity-generating stations in the country.
Commissioned in 2015, HEL has planted over 1,20,000 saplings of as many as 50 species of trees, shrubs and herbs on its premises. The firm houses a herbal garden that contains 100 medicinal plants. There is also a butterfly conservation garden with over 50 plants that is now home to 30 species.
HEL managing director Rabi Chowdhury told TOI that the plant area also provides for a safe and secure habitat for various animals like jungle cats and the golden jackal. “Around 40 bird species — some residential and others migratory — have been spotted on its premises.”
The Haldia plant is also active in utilising rain water. Spread across 6,000 sqm, the rooftop has been specially developed for rain water harvesting. The plant has one 30kwp rooftop solar and a 500 watt solar garden lighting project. In addition, the fly ash produced at the plant is ferried to Bangladesh for cement manufacturing.
“HEL has since inception ensured that continuous initiatives are taken to preserve and enrich life around the plant and special care for native species are part of the environment management plan,” said Chowdhury.