The Government of India (GoI) launched the "Power for All by 2012" initiative in 2005. To stimulate the required capacity addition, GoI launched an initiative for facilitating the development of coal based Mega Power Plants (MPPs). This will provide cheaper power through economies of scale and use of sub critical technology.

Chronology

PCC of 1st Footing of Boiler#1 21 May - 2008
Chimney Raft Completion 7 August - 2009
400KV Switchyard Charging First time in Tata System (AT Maithon) 12 October - 2010
First Unit Light Up with Oil 5 December - 2010
First Unit Synchronization (With OIL) 28 March - 2011

Location:

Maithon Mega Power Plant is located in the coast of River Barakar, north of Dombhuin village in Maithon taluka, in Dhanbad district of Jharkhand. The site is remotely connected by road, rail, air and sea.

Following are the salient features of the project location:

Nearest Highways NH-2 (8 Kms)
Nearest Railhead Mugma ~ 10 Kms
Nearest Airport Kolkata ~ 280 Kms
Nearest Port Kolkata Port ( 280 Kms)
Elevation from Sea level 156-177M above MSL.