Haripur Nuclear Power Plant, India

Description

During his visit to Russia, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had signed an agreement with the Russian government for collaboration on setting up five nuclear plants in the country, including the one at Haripur.

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Basic Data
NameHaripur Nuclear Power Plant, India
CountryIndia
ProvinceWest Bengal
SiteVillage- Haripur, District- East Medinipur
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Nuclear
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Nuclear power plants
Specific CommoditiesLand
Electricity
Uranium
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsHaripur is expected to have six nuclear reactors each of 1650 MW- a total installed capacity of 10,000 MW of electricity. It is located in the coastal area of Contai, East Midnapur district, roughly 170 km away from Kolkata.
Project Area (in hectares)410
Level of Investment (in USD)0
Type of PopulationRural
Potential Affected Population80,000-100,000
Start Date18/08/2006
Company Names or State EnterprisesRosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom) from Russian Federation
National Power Corporation from India
Relevant government actorsGovernment of West Bengal, Central Government of India
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersPopular science movements
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)HIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
When did the mobilization beginPREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Fishermen
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Landless peasants
Local government/political parties
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Social movements
Forms of MobilizationBlockades
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Desertification/Drought, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity
Health ImpactsPotential: Exposure to unknown or uncertain complex risks (radiation, etc…)
Outcome
Project StatusStopped
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseEnvironmental improvements, rehabilitation/restoration of area
Negotiated alternative solution
Under negotiation
Project cancelled
Do you consider this as a success?Yes
Why? Explain briefly.West Bengal government has taken decision that the government will not allow the proposed nuclear power plant at Haripur in East Midnapore district.

Power Minister Manish Gupta said that the state government has decided to scrap the proposal for a nuclear power plant at Haripur.
Sources and Materials
References

Raminder Kaur A ‘nuclear renaissance’, climate change and the state of exception The Australian Journal of Anthropology Volume 22, Issue 2, pages 273–277, August 2011
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No nuclear power plant at Haripur: West Bengal government
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West Bengal government rules out Haripur nuclear project
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No decision to shift nuclear plant from Haripur: Govt
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Lessons from the Haripur anti-nuclear struggle
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Haripur nuclear power plant becomes bone of contention
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Haripur: Land for Nuclear Plant
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Lessons from the Haripur anti-nuclear struggle
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Media Links

Anti Nuclear power Public Protest 28 November 2006 at Junput Bus stand, Purba Medinipur,WB
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Haripur says no to nuclear power
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Other Documents

Protest against Haripur nuclear plant in Kolkata (22 December 2010) Source : http://ntui.org.in/union-power/december-2010/
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ContributorSwapan Kumar Patra
Last update08/10/2014
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