Baradarha Thermal Power Station is located at Baradarha in Janjgir district of Chhattisgarh. D B Power is promoted by Bhaskar group that publishes Dainik Bhaskar, the largest selling Hindi newspaper in Chhattisgarh .See more...
D B Power Company had been allocated 693 hectares of land - nearly 7 square kilometres -- to dig coal to fire in its upcoming power plant in the neighbouring district of Janjgir Champa.
The mining will be done by blasting and excavating a large open pit and not by underground tunnels. The project will displace an estimated 524 families from six settlements to extract 2 million tonnes of coal annually. The coal would be used to fuel a 1320 MW thermal power plant that would be built in the adjoining district of Janjgir. According to a company sponsored environment impact assessment, 2709 people would be displaced and 51,000 people affected by the coal mine  If the project is approved by the environment ministry, the coal mine would eat up half the town and three adjacent villages . However, through a series of reports in the Dainik Bhaskar's local edition, the company has tried to turn public opinion in its favour.
According to Sourcewatch, "After public protest against the proposed mine, DB Power submitted an affidavit pledging not to conduct any mining operations in nagar panchayat land. A supplementary letter filed at the Feb. 2011 public hearing promised to re-site any proposed water tanks and coal piles from nagar panchayat land to the remaining leased area. Four villages, however, would still lose their lands."
The Centre for Science and Environment, a Delhi-based research group, criticised the EIA report for not providing information on the mine’s impact on surface and groundwater sources, forests and fauna: “Almost 40 per cent of land in the project area is covered under forests"