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Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) Thermal Power Plant at Raghunathpur, India


Description:

Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) is planning to build a Thermal Power Project in Raghunathpur block in Purulia District of West Bengal between 2012-2013. The total land requirement for Phase I and Phase II of the project put together 1820 acre. About 309 acre of land has been already acquired.

The Left government had acquired around 1,000 acres in Raghunathpur for the power plant in 2007. Two of the four 660MW units have already been built on the land.

Another 51 acres was acquired for a water-supply corridor from the Panchet dam. Of the 1,600-odd people from whom these 51 acres was acquired, 1,000 are refusing to let the corporation work, demanding permanent jobs.

Due to the land acquisition problem, water and rail connectivity are still major issues, resulting in the project running behind schedule. The project has been delayed mainly because of the non-availability of land for the construction of water pipeline for the project from Panchet Dam about 10-km from the project site.

The physical construction of the pipeline faced opposition from locals who demanded jobs in addition to the compensation. 'There are about 2, 200 land-losers at the moment and their number is going to increase as land is acquired for ensuring water connectivity and rail connectivity,' said J.K. Singh, Chief Engineer of the project, adding that it was not possible to provide jobs to every land-loser (1).

Basic Data

Name of conflict:Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) Thermal Power Plant at Raghunathpur, India
Country:India
State or province:West Bengal
(municipality or city/town)Raghunathpur, Purulia
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)

Source of Conflict

Type of conflict: 1st level:Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of conflict: 2nd level :Thermal power plants
Specific commodities:Coal
Electricity
Land
Water

Project Details and Actors

Project details:

The thermal power plant will be 1320MW (660x2) capacity. The water requirement for the project will be estimated 4600m3/hr. Coal will be used as fuel. The power utility was planning to build a 10-km pipeline from Panchet dam to the plant site. For constructing the pipeline, it had run into land acquisition problems. The project is yet to acquire 400 acres from the state government for the rail corridor and township of total 2,098 acres needed for the 2,520MW project.

The initial target date for commissioning of the first unit was November 2010. Due to stiff resistance from the local people for the land acquisition the project could not start.

Project area:736
Level of Investment:2,369,817,944
Type of populationSemi-urban
Start of the conflict:2013
Company names or state enterprises:Damodar Valley Corporation from India
Relevant government actors:West Bengal Pollution Control Board, Government of West Bengal
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Bhumi Rakkha Committee, Some local political organisation

Conflict and Mobilization

IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Local ejos
Local government/political parties
Neighbours/citizens/communities
Bhumi Rakkha Committee
Forms of mobilization:Blockades
Development of a network/collective action
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Strikes

Impacts of the project

Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Biodiversity loss (wildlife, agro-diversity), Desertification/Drought, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Soil contamination, 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
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: displacement
Potential: Loss of livelihood, Loss of traditional knowledge/practices/cultures, Specific impacts on women, Violations of human rights, Land dispossession

Outcome

Project StatusStopped
Conflict outcome / response:Compensation
Negotiated alternative solution
New legislation
Development of alternatives:About 1,000 people are strongly demanding job opportunities from the company in addition to compensations for the loss of their land.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:Protesters was demanding jobs against land which was acquired from them by the government for the thermal power plant.

Negotiations are still ongoing.

Sources and Materials

References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

DEV. BLOCK AT RAGHUNATHPUR, DIST.-PURULIA, WEST BENGAL
http://www.wbpcb.gov.in/html/eia_A_conducted/dvc_raghunathpur_p_h.pdf

AT RAGHUNATHPUR, DIST – PURULIA, WEST BENGAL
http://www.wbpcb.gov.in/html/eia_A_conducted/dvc_raghunathpur2_p_h.pdf

PROCEEDINGS OF THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE PROPOSED 2X600MW

THERMAL POWER PROJECT OF M/S. DAMODAR VALLEY CORPORATION

AT RAGHUNATHPUR, DIST.-PURULIA, WEST BENGAL HELD ON 30.04.2007

IN THE OFFICE OF BLOCK DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, RAGHUNATHPUR-I

PROCEEDINGS OF THE PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE PROPOSED  2 X  660 MW

RAGHUNATHPUR   THERMAL  POWER   PROJECT,   STAGE   –   II   AT

RAGHUNATHPUR,   DIST.   –   PURULIA,   WEST   BENGAL,   PROPOSED   BY

M/S DAMODAR VALLEY CORPORATION, HELD ON 29.06.2011 AT 12:00 HRS. AT

THE COMMUNITY HALL OF THE   RAGHUNATHPUR ­ 1 PANCHAYAT SAMITY

Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

Land slows down DVC project
http://www.telegraphindia.com/1121217/jsp/business/story_16326449.jsp#.UjQ3GtIwoT0

Raghunathpur power project: DVC to commission first phase by March
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/raghunathpur-power-project-dvc-to-commission-first-phase-by-march/article4206747.ece

DVC, Raghunathpur
http://www.trf.co.in/projects-mainmenu-32/indian-mainmenu-58/dvc-raghunathpur-mainmenu-418.html

Mob ransacks DVCs Raghunathpur thermal power plant office
http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/mob-ransacks-dvc-s-raghunathpur-thermal-power-plant-office-113091201138_1.html

Mob Ransacks Raghunathpur Power Plant Office
http://news.outlookindia.com/items.aspx?artid=809837

পুলিশ আসেনি, বন্ধ ডিভিসি-র কাজ (in Bengali)
http://www.anandabazar.com/14puru1.html

(1) The Hindu, DVC project to be ready by March after 18-month delay
http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-otherstates/dvc-project-to-be-ready-by-march-after-18month-delay/article4208295.ece

পুলিশ রেখেই কাজ শুরু করল ডিভিসি (in Bengali)
http://www.anandabazar.com/13puru1.html

Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

DVC Thermal power project in Purulia faces land hurdle
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PekWh3tYASw

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Contributor:Swapan Kumar Patra
Last update20/07/2014

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