Ranchi, India: Central Mine Planning & Design Institute (CMPDI) used satellite data and GIS for potential site selection for Thermal Power Station (TPS). The Institute claimed that first time in India, geospatial technology has been used in potential site selection.
Altogether about 70 pit head TPS locations are identified in vicinity of Singrauli, Tatapani-Ramkola, Karanpura, Rajmahal, Mand-Raigarh, Hasdeo-Arand, Korba, Talcher & Ib Valley coalfields. Most of the TPS sites selected by CMPDI have been allotted to IPP for setting up the thermal power plants. High resolution satellite data in conjunction with collateral data integrated on GIS platform proved very useful in locating the sites for power stations.
In addition to pit head TPS, CEA needs to locate the sites for the load centres in the country. To begin with, there are 16 potential TPS locations are identified in state of Haryana and Madhya Pradesh in 1st phase. Identification of potential TPS location in state of Uttar Pradesh and coastal areas of Karnataka is under progress in phase-II.