Land Acquisition for Turga Storage Project in West Bengal Violates FRA

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Mitali BiswasLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

December 3, 2019

Location of Conflict

Kudna

,

Purulia

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Hydroelectric Project

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People Affected by Conflict

1800

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

292

ha

State

West Bengal

Sector

Power

In a significant ruling on July 2, 2019, the Calcutta High Court observed that the process adopted by the West Bengal government to acquire land for the 1,000megawatt Turga Pumped Storage Project (TPSP) violated the Forest Rights Act (FRA). The court had earlier stayed the project in August 2018. The July court ruling observes that "there is nothing on record to suggest that resolutions were taken by each and every Gram Sabha affected by the project..." The TPSP was proposed in 2017 for the storage and generation of electricity. The project requires 292 hectares of land, of which 234 hectares are forestland. The state Cabinet has already approved the project cost of Rs. 6,922 crore. Of this, INR 5,000 crore will be loaned by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, with which the state signed an agreement on November 2, 2018. The company reportedly has two more projects in the pipeline, slated to come up on Bandu and Kanthaljola rivers. The WBSEDCL has already obtained Stages 1 and 2 forest and environmental clearances from the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change.

Region Classification

Type of Land

Common

Private and Common

Type of Common Land

Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

6922

Type of investment:

Land Area Affected
(in Hectares):

292

ha

Starting Year

2017

Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

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