GMR Chhattisgarh Energy Limited, India

Description

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.

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Basic Data
NameGMR Chhattisgarh Energy Limited, India
CountryIndia
ProvinceChhattisgarh
SiteVillage- Raikheda
Accuracy of LocationMEDIUM regional level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Other industries
Thermal power plants
Specific CommoditiesElectricity
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsGMRs 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.
Project Area (in hectares)530
Level of Investment (in USD)860,500,00
Type of PopulationRural
Start Date2009
Company Names or State EnterprisesGMR Energy Ltd from India - a unit of GMR Infrastructure
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersLocal villagers, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP)
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Landless peasants
Local government/political parties
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Forms of MobilizationBoycotts of official procedures/non-participation in official processes
Development of a network/collective action
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsPotential: 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
Health ImpactsPotential: Infectious diseases, Other environmental related diseases
Socio-economic ImpactsPotential: 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
Outcome
Project StatusPlanned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCompensation
Environmental improvements, rehabilitation/restoration of area
Strengthening of participation
Under negotiation
Development of AlternativesPeople dont like any power plant there and want to stop the GMR project. They are afraid of pollution generated from the plant.
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.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.
Sources and Materials
References

GMR Chhattisgarh Energy Ltd.
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GMR-proposed power plant faces villagers wrath
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Chhattisgarh govt favouring GMR: BJP MLA
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GMR to begin work on Chhattisgarh power project by March
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Farmers block Rs.55 bn power project in Chhattisgarh
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BJP MLA says Chhattisgarh govt ‘favouring’ GMR group with land acquisition for rail-line
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ContributorSwapan Kumar Patra
Last update22/05/2014
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