Simhadri thermal power plant Andhra Pradesh, India


Simhadri thermal power plant, has an installed capacity of 1,000 MW, was dedicated to the nation on February 2004 by the then Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee. The plant supplies its entire power to the State grid of Andhra Pradesh[1].

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Basic Data
NameSimhadri thermal power plant Andhra Pradesh, India
ProvinceAndhra Pradesh
SiteP.O. Simhadri; Dist. Vishakhapatnam
Accuracy of LocationHIGH local level
Source of Conflict
Type of Conflict (1st level)Industrial and Utilities conflicts
Type of Conflict (2nd level)Land acquisition conflicts
Thermal power plants
Specific CommoditiesElectricity
Project Details and Actors
Project DetailsLocate at P.O. Simhadri-531 020, Dist. Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh was set up with an initial investment of Rs.3650.79 Cr.(I Qtr.97). The project was approved in 24.07.1997. Approved Capacity/Installed Capacity of the plant is 2000 MW. Plant Configuration is 4X500 MW. The project is based on 3384.24 acres of land. Coal is sourced from Kalinga Block of Talcher Coal fields in Orrisa. Water for the plant was sourced from Yeluru canal for sweet water, Sea water for CW system. Power is supplied to Andhra Pradesh only [4].
Project Area (in hectares)1370
Level of Investment (in USD)$ 587,820,312 (Rs.3650.79)
Type of PopulationUrban
Start Date2012
Company Names or State EnterprisesNational Thermal Power Corporation from India
Relevant government actorsAndhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersVisakhapatnam District Fisheries CoOperative Society Limited
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)HIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
When did the mobilization beginMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups MobilizingLocal ejos
School children of four villages joined the agitation and raised slogans against the management of NTPC and Pharma City. Students also took out a rally and burnt the NTPC Simhadri plant and Pharma City in effigy [2]
Fisher people
Forms of MobilizationBlockades
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Property damage/arson
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation
Potential: Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Soil contamination
Socio-economic ImpactsVisible: Loss of livelihood, Violations of human rights
Potential: Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Land dispossession, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusIn operation
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseCompensation
Under negotiation
Violent targeting of activists
New Environmental Impact Assessment/Study
Development of AlternativesVisakhapatnam District Fisheries Co-Operative Society Limited demanded that at least one member of every fishermans family should be employed in NTPC Simhadri project and Pharma City in addition to a monthly monetary compensation to fisherfolk aged above 60 [2].
Do you consider this as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.The people of nearby villages are agitated over the pollution caused by the fly ash generated at the plant. They complain that it has become virtually impossible for them to live in the villages with this high level of pollution. The managements of NTPC and Phara City have utterly failed to reduce pollution. The fishermen in particular allege that fisheries resources are being destroyed due to the pollution and their livelihood is adversely affected [3]. The district administration is yet to take steps for the welfare of fisher folk who have been staging protests[2]

Villagers assembled near the plant and sought jobs. The officials explained to them that providing contract labourer jobs to all was not possible and only the eligible among them would get employment, they left and a little later again assembled at the same spot in large numbers and staged a demonstration [3]

Following public outcry, the AP Pollution Control Board (PCB) issued notices to NTPC Simhadri power plant for violating pollution control norms and ordered the thermal power plant management to set aside Rs 3 crore as bank guarantee towards the welfare measures of the affected people. However, the NTPC authorities had a discussion with PCB officials and assured to provide Rs 2 crore bank guarantee [5].
Sources and Materials

The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1981
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Power Sector in Andhra Pradesh during August 2012
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[1] Simhadri plant to be dedicated to nation today
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[2] Fisherfolk protest against power plant
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[3] Fishermen protest near NTPC-Simhadri thermal station turns violent
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[4] Simhadri
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[5] PCB notice to Simhadri power plant
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Simhadri thermal power save AP power crisis - Tv9
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ContributorSwapan Kumar Patra
Last update03/05/2014