Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) Thermal Power Plant at Raghunathpur, India

Description

Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) is planning to build a Thermal Power Project in Raghunathpur block in Purulia District of West Bengal between 2012-2013. The total land requirement for Phase I and Phase II of the project put together 1820 acre. About 309 acre of land has been already acquired.

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Basic Data
NameDamodar Valley Corporation (DVC) Thermal Power Plant at Raghunathpur, India
CountryIndia
ProvinceWest Bengal
SiteRaghunathpur, Purulia
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Thermal power plants
Specific CommoditiesCoal
Water
Electricity
Land
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsThe thermal power plant will be 1320MW (660x2) capacity. The water requirement for the project will be estimated 4600m3/hr. Coal will be used as fuel. The power utility was planning to build a 10-km pipeline from Panchet dam to the plant site. For constructing the pipeline, it had run into land acquisition problems. The project is yet to acquire 400 acres from the state government for the rail corridor and township of total 2,098 acres needed for the 2,520MW project.

The initial target date for commissioning of the first unit was November 2010. Due to stiff resistance from the local people for the land acquisition the project could not start.
Project Area (in hectares)736
Level of Investment (in USD)2,369,817,944
Type of PopulationSemi-urban
Start Date2013
Company Names or State EnterprisesDamodar Valley Corporation from India
Relevant government actorsWest Bengal Pollution Control Board, Government of West Bengal
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersBhumi Rakkha Committee, Some local political organisation
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
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Bhumi Rakkha Committee
Forms of MobilizationBlockades
Development of a network/collective action
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Strikes
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Desertification/Drought, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil contamination, 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
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Displacement
Potential: Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Specific impacts on women, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession
Outcome
Project StatusStopped
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCompensation
Negotiated alternative solution
New legislation
Development of AlternativesAbout 1,000 people are strongly demanding job opportunities from the company in addition to compensations for the loss of their land.
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.Protesters was demanding jobs against land which was acquired from them by the government for the thermal power plant.

Negotiations are still ongoing.
Sources and Materials
References

DEV. BLOCK AT RAGHUNATHPUR, DIST.-PURULIA, WEST BENGAL
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AT RAGHUNATHPUR, DIST – PURULIA, WEST BENGAL
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PROCEEDINGS OF THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE PROPOSED 2X600MW

THERMAL POWER PROJECT OF M/S. DAMODAR VALLEY CORPORATION

AT RAGHUNATHPUR, DIST.-PURULIA, WEST BENGAL HELD ON 30.04.2007

IN THE OFFICE OF BLOCK DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, RAGHUNATHPUR-I

PROCEEDINGS OF THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE PROPOSED  2 X  660 MW

RAGHUNATHPUR   THERMAL  POWER   PROJECT,   STAGE   –   II   AT

RAGHUNATHPUR,   DIST.   –   PURULIA,   WEST   BENGAL,   PROPOSED   BY

M/S DAMODAR VALLEY CORPORATION, HELD ON 29.06.2011 AT 12:00 HRS. AT

THE COMMUNITY HALL OF THE   RAGHUNATHPUR ­ 1 PANCHAYAT SAMITY

Links

(1) The Hindu, DVC project to be ready by March after 18-month delay
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Land slows down DVC project
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Raghunathpur power project: DVC to commission first phase by March
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DVC, Raghunathpur
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Mob ransacks DVCs Raghunathpur thermal power plant office
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Mob Ransacks Raghunathpur Power Plant Office
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পুলিশ রেখেই কাজ শুরু করল ডিভিসি (in Bengali)
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পুলিশ আসেনি, বন্ধ ডিভিসি-র কাজ (in Bengali)
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Media Links

DVC Thermal power project in Purulia faces land hurdle
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ContributorSwapan Kumar Patra
Last update20/07/2014
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