Forceful land grabbing by Coal based Power Plant in Janjgir-Champa

Location of Conflict

Uchpinda

Janjgir Champa

Region Classification

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Thermal Power Plant

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Type of Land

Private

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

State

Chhattisgarh

Sector

Power

Starting Year

2009

People Affected
by Conflict

700

Investment Affected (in Crores)

5950

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

364

RKM Powergen Pvt. Ltd. a Chennai signed an MoU with CG Government in 2006 for the construction of a 1400 MW power plant in Uchpinda village of Dabhra block in Janjgir district of Chhattisgarh. Soon after the announcement of the power projects, an initial survey was initiated by the government in 200607. The question of power plant came into light when the process of land purchase (indirect acquisition) began in 200708. Villagers opposed the construction of power plant in their land claiming that its fertile and Government should find infertile land for the construction of such plants. Protest marches and dharnas were held by the villagers opposing the project. On 30th April 2008, the collector, tehsildar and other revenue officials organized a public hearing at Uchpinda, in which nearly 4000 people attended and participated. People registered their protest against the industry. Yet the company got the Environmental Impact Assessment clearance from the MoEF in August 08. After clearance, the company started the construction from September 2009, which also led to conflict between the industry and village peoples which was later suppressed by the government machinery. In the current situation, the powerplant is constructed and functioning, while the people are still protesting against the unlawful settlement of their land acquired for the plant and have filed complaints at the district level for the settlement. During the public hearing and later when the Environment clearance was given, the villagers protested in writing to the district administration but were suppressed every time by arresting the villagers

Total investment involved (in Crores):

5950

Type of investment:

Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Chhattisgarh Environment Consrvation Board, District Administration,Janjgir Champa

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Dalit Mukti Morcha (CMM), Chhattisgarh Mahila Jagriti Sanghatan (CMJS)

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

RKM Powergen Private Limited

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