Bara thermal power plant, Allahabad, India

Description
Bara Thermal Power Project is 92.53% owned by Jaypee Group of Industries. The project is situated at Bara in Allahabad district of the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. The first phase of 1980 MW is expected to commence operations in 2014. The second phase of a 3300 MW thermal power plant is under construction [1] Some land owners, whose land was acquired for the project, were reportedly sitting on fast demanding better compensation for their agricultural land. The farmers claimed the company had promised job to one person of every family, whose land was being acquired, but it had not been fulfilled. Protesters went on a rampage damaging police vehicles to protest against land acquisition policies in January 2011. The agitators also alleged one farmer was killed in police firing, a charge denied by the Uttar Pradesh government [2]. Protesters had damage worth Rs 1 crore to the company after they smashed computers, vehicles and damaged the mess and other facilities. The protesters are demanding jobs in the project and a rehabilitation allowance of Rs 62,500 which is given to labourers displaced by a project. Apprehending more trouble, the company shifted some of the equipment to nearby Madhya Pradesh [3]
Basic Data
NameBara thermal power plant, Allahabad, India
CountryIndia
ProvinceUttar Pradesh
SiteBara, Allahabad
Accuracy of LocationMEDIUM regional level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Water treatment and access to sanitation (access to sewage)
Other
Water access rights and entitlements
Land acquisition conflicts
Thermal power plants
Specific CommoditiesCoal
Electricity
Project Details and Actors
Project Details
Bara Thermal Power Project (Phase 1): The first phase of 1980 MW is currently expected to commence operations in 2014.
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Project Area (in hectares)601
Level of Investment (in USD)1,630,500,000
Type of PopulationRural
Potential Affected Population10,000
Company Names or State EnterprisesJaypee Group from India
Jaiprakash Power Ventures Limited (JPVL) from India
Relevant government actorsGovernment of Uttar Pradesh
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersKisan Punarvas Sahayata Samiti
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)HIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
When did the mobilization beginIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Fishermen
Industrial workers
Landless peasants
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Social movements
Kisan Punarvas Sahayata Samiti
Forms of MobilizationBlockades
Public campaigns
Sabotage
Street protest/marches
Property damage/arson
Strikes
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Potential: Desertification/Drought, Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover
OtherThe Bara project will draw 150-cusec water of the Yamuna per hour, which the farmers fear will drain smaller streams that feed the Yamuna, adversely affecting cultivation. Engineering experts opine that the drain of water will also drastically affect the water supply here, which according to a recent study by Allahabad University has a depleting groundwater level [4].
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Land dispossession
Potential: Displacement, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood, Loss of landscape/sense of place
OtherThe farmers fear that the ‘water thirsty’ power plant will drain their source of irrigation [4]
Outcome
Project StatusUnder construction
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCompensation
Environmental improvements, rehabilitation/restoration of area
Institutional changes
Strengthening of participation
Under negotiation
Development of AlternativesThe farmers are demanding over four-fold increase in compensation and the benefits of the new resettlement and rehabilitation policy the government had announced to pacify the agitating farmers of Tappal in Aligarh district [2].
Do you consider this as a success?No
Why? Explain briefly.Land was acquired for the project from about 1,000 families who own over 2,500 bigha of land in eight villages in 2007. Land was acquired by the government at very low rates and then given to a private company. Farmers here have lost their source of earning. At that time, when the affected farmers of Bara held protests, the government had pacified them by assuring them that the JP group would build an Industrial Training Institute (ITI) and a hospital. However the demand has not met. So, to meet the farmers demand people goes for agitation [2].
Sources and Materials
Legislations

National Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy, 2007
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Comparison of new R&R Policy of Uttar Pradesh with that of Haryana
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Environmental Clearence
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Links

[1] Jaypee Group Thermal Power
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[2] Allahabad - Farmers protest land acquisition for Jaypee Group 1320MW project
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[3] Setback to UP power project
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[4] Power plants near Yamuna robbing villagers of their water
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Probe reveals labourers exploitation led to Bara crisis
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Work on Bara Thermal Plant to start soon
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Bara Thermal Power Project
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Media Links

FARMERS CONTINUE PROTEST AGAINST JAYPEES POWER PROJECT PLANT
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ContributorSwapan Kumar Patra
Last update24/06/2014
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