Jaypee Cement Plant in HP, India

Among the main cement producers in India, Jaypee was found guilty of indulging in 'blatant falsehoods' in acquiring the requisite clearances, while people mobilize for heavy health impacts of the cement industry


Description
Himachal Pradesh government in its new industrial policy invited investors to extract lime stone from the areas designated by the State and to set up cement industry within the State. One of the areas so earmarked was the Baga Bhalag lime stone deposits in Tehsil Arki of District Solan. The Jaypee Group was the successful bidder for this project and entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the State on 9th July, 2004 wherein it agreed to set up a large capacity cement project based on the Baga limestone deposits with a minimum capacity of 2 million tones per annum (MTPA) of clinker manufacturing out of which at least 50% of the installed capacity of clinker was to be converted to cement through a grinding and blending unit. A 62 MW thermal power plant was also envisaged to exploit the cement plant, with a budget of Rs 90.45 crores.
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Basic Data
NameJaypee Cement Plant in HP, India
CountryIndia
ProvinceHimachal Pradesh
Sitevillage Bagheri, Tehsil Nalagarh, District Solan
Accuracy of LocationMEDIUM regional level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Industrial and Utilities conflicts
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Building materials extraction (quarries, sand, gravel)
Thermal power plants
Specific CommoditiesLand
Cement
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsIn Baga, it was envisaged lime stone deposits with a minimum capacity of 2 million tones per annum (MTPA) of clinker manufacturing out of which at least 50% of the installed capacity of clinker was to be converted to cement.
Project Area (in hectares)26.30
Level of Investment (in USD)170000000
Type of PopulationSemi-urban
Start Date2009
Company Names or State EnterprisesJaypee Group from India
Jai Parkash Associates Ltd from India - Jaiprakash is the third-largest cement player in the country with a 27.8 million tonnes per annum capacity. Its Himachal units include a 2 million tonnes cement plant and another 2 million tonnes grinding unit, both in the Solan district. Jaypee Himachal Cement Grinding & Blending Plant was commissioned in 2010 and enjoys excise benefits.
Relevant government actorsHimachal Pradesh Government

HP Pollution Control Board
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersHimachal Pradesh Environment Protection Society, Head Office, Village and P.O. Baruna, Tehsil Nalagarh, District Solan, Himachal Pradesh, Sh. Ajit Singh, s/o Sh. Mast Ram Singh, r/o VPO Karuna, Tehsil Baddi, H.P.
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)MEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
When did the mobilization beginMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups MobilizingFarmers
Local ejos
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Forms of MobilizationCommunity-based participative research (popular epidemiology studies, etc..)
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Objections to the EIA
Official complaint letters and petitions
Impacts
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution
Health ImpactsVisible: Deaths, Other Health impacts
OtherAccording to testimonies on the ground collected by the Himdhara Collective, "Respiratory and throat problems, skin disorders and allergies have become common ever since the cement plant came to Bagheri". Him Parivesh, a soceity of senior and concerned citizens working on environment issues in the Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh Industrial area, who were the litigants in the Jaypee case, did raise the issue of pollution from the cement plant, praying for cancellation of the unit's consent to operate. "We carried out an independent monitoring of the ambient air quality in November 2010 and the results showed that the pollution was way beyond the norms.
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Increase in Corruption/Co-optation of different actors, Displacement, Land dispossession
Outcome
Project StatusPlanned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCourt decision (victory for environmental justice)
Under negotiation
Recently the government approved the expansion of the plant
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.HP High Court has imposed a fine of Rs 100 Crores and ordered dismantle of the plant
Sources and Materials
Legislations

HP High Court case order
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Environment Impact Assessment notifications of 1994 and 2006

Links

[1] The Hill Post - Himachal Green Court imposes Rs 100 Cr damages on Jaypee Cement Plant, by RAVINDER MAKHAIK MAY 4, 2012
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Jaypee geographical spread in India
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[2] The Economic Times - Jaypee puts cement units in Himachal Pradesh on sale
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[3] The Hill Post - Nod for cement plant expansion, Himachal cabinet cancels 7 hydro projects
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[4] JAL thermal plant: The dust refuses to settle, by Manshi Asher
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Himachal Green Court imposes Rs 100 Cr damages on Jaypee Cement Plant
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Other Documents

A view of the plant Source: http://hillpost.in/2013/09/jaypee-cement-puts-for-sale-notice-on-himachal-plant/96306/
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Jaypee factory Source: http://www.sipcotcuddalore.com/news_infochangeindia_0612.html
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ContributorDaniela Del Bene, ICTA-UAB (d.delbene-at-gmail.com)
Last update19/11/2015
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