Gujarat drops 4,000-MW coal power project

The state government of Gujarat has decided to drop a proposal for setting up a 4,000-Megawatt (Mw) coal-based ultra mega power project (UMPP).

The decision has been taken because, the government under Vijay Rupani, instead of adding thermal power, wishes to focus for now on renewable power.

Gujarat had proposed the UMPP last year but we now feel we do not need more; we already have more than sufficient generation capacity,” said Chimanbhai Sapariya, minister for energy, according to a report in

The new decision is believed to be also in line with the Centre’s push to bring down coal import. However, the state government is willing to provide land for a UMPP if the central government wishes to initiate one, said Sapariya. Adding: “Our focus is now on renewable energy. The government will encourage solar power.”

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