GMR Chhattisgarh Energy Limited, India

<div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Description</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld"></td><td class="columns"><div class="less">GMR Energy Ltd, a unit of GMR Infrastructure, began construction work on its 1,200 MW thermal power project in Chhattisgarh. GMR Energy signed the deal with the state government. It will come up in Raikheda area of Raipur district, about 35 km from state capital Raipur. </div><a class="seemore" href="#">See more...</a><div class="more" style="display:none"> A strong protest by villagers in Raikheda village of Raipur district in Chhatishgarh forced the district administration to stop a public hearing it had organised for GMR Energys proposed power plant in the village. The farmers said the plant will pollute the region, endangering the health of thousands of villagers. <br/><br/><a class="seeless" href="#">(See less)</a></div></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Basic Data</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Name</td><td>GMR Chhattisgarh Energy Limited, India</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Country</td><td><a href="/country/india">India</a></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Province</td><td>Chhattisgarh</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Site</td><td>Village- Raikheda </td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Accuracy of Location</td><td>MEDIUM regional level</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Source of Conflict</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Type of Conflict (1st level)</td><td>Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Type of Conflict (2nd level)</td><td>Other industries<br /> Thermal power plants</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Specific Commodities</td><td><a href='/commodity/electricity'>Electricity</a><br /></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Project Details and Actors</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Project Details</td><td class="columns">GMRs power plant envisages to come up on 530 hectares. The coal requirement is 6.3 million TPA which will be obtained from SECL mine and transported through rail. Ash and Sulpher content will be 41.6% and 0.4% respectively. Water requirement is estimated as 40.3 cusec and will me met from Mahanadi River. </td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Project Area (in hectares)</td><td>530</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Level of Investment (in USD)</td><td>860,500,00</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Type of Population</td><td>Rural</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Start Date</td><td>2009</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Company Names or State Enterprises</td><td><a href='/company/gmr-energy-ltd'>GMR Energy Ltd</a> from <a href='/country-of-company/india'><small>India</small></a> - <small> a unit of GMR Infrastructure </small></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Environmental justice organisations and other supporters</td><td>Local villagers, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP)</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">The Conflict and the Mobilization</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)</td><td>LOW (some local organising)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">When did the mobilization begin</td><td>PREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Groups Mobilizing</td><td>Farmers<br /> Landless peasants<br /> Local government/political parties<br /> Neighbours/citizens/communities</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Forms of Mobilization</td><td>Boycotts of official procedures/non-participation in official processes<br /> Development of a network/collective action</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Impacts</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Environmental Impacts</td><td><strong>Potential: </strong>Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil contamination, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, 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</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Health Impacts</td><td><strong>Potential: </strong>Infectious diseases, Other environmental related diseases</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Socio-economic Impacts</td><td><strong>Potential: </strong>Displacement, Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Militarization and increased police presence, Specific impacts on women, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Outcome</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Project Status</td><td>Planned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Pathways for conflict outcome / response</td><td>Compensation<br /> Environmental improvements, rehabilitation/restoration of area<br /> Strengthening of participation<br /> Under negotiation</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Development of Alternatives</td><td>People dont like any power plant there and want to stop the GMR project. They are afraid of pollution generated from the plant. </td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Do you consider this as a success?</td><td>Not Sure</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Why? Explain briefly.</td><td>The government held a public hearing on Jan 15, 2009 at Raikheda on land acquisition. But the farmers not only refused to hand over their holdings but also asked the company stop the works immediately.</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Sources and Materials</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">References</td><td><table><tr><td><p> GMR Chhattisgarh Energy Ltd.<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.gmrgroup.in/Energy/files/moef-compliance_dec-12.pdf" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr></table></td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Links</td><td><table><tr><td><p> GMR-proposed power plant faces villagers wrath<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/gmr-proposed-power-plant-faces-villagers-39-wrath-109011801019_1.html" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> Chhattisgarh govt favouring GMR: BJP MLA<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.thesundayindian.com/en/story/chhattisgarh-govt-favouring-gmr-bjp-mla/2/44991/" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> GMR to begin work on Chhattisgarh power project by March<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.hindustantimes.com/business-news/CorporateNews/GMR-to-begin-work-on-Chhattisgarh-power-project-by-March/Article1-496924.aspx" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> Farmers block Rs.55 bn power project in Chhattisgarh<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/004200901251151.htm" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr><tr><td><p> BJP MLA says Chhattisgarh govt ‘favouring’ GMR group with land acquisition for rail-line<br/><a class="refanch small" href="http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-12-14/raipur/35820700_1_land-acquisition-power-plant-industrial-area" target="_blank">[click to view]</a></p></td></tr></table></td></tr></tbody></table></div></div><div class="horipane"><div class="title active">Meta Information</div><div class="content"><table class="table"><tbody><tr><td class="fld">Contributor</td><td>Swapan Kumar Patra</td></tr><tr><td class="fld">Last update</td><td>22/05/2014</td></tr></tbody></table></div></div>
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