Amravati Thermal Power Project is located at village Nandgaonpeth in Amravati district of Maharashtra. The plant is of 1350 MW capacity and is setup by Indiabulls Power Ltd. (IPL.) See more...
This project along with many other power plants has been proposed in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra. These plants altogether will product 80,000 MW of electricity and have created heavy demands for water from rivers and reservoirs in the districts.
Among these power plants, Indiabulls plant in the coal-fired plant of Amravati uses out about 87 million cubic meters of water from the Upper Wardha dam, provided by the Vidharbha Irrigation Development Corporation. This causes severe water crisis in the region. According to government estimate, this water can irrigate about 23,219 hectares of agricultural land .
Since the construction the project is under the controversy. The local people opposed the diversion of water meant for drinking and irrigation purpose from the Upper Wardha dam; they said it would reduce the irrigation potential of Amravati, which was already facing a severe irrigation backlog. In January 2010, a group of people stopped power project’s work. They demanded water for irrigation first rather than the power plant .
On top of water depletion for the power plant, these districts are also affected by farmer suicides and rural distress.