Monthly Archives: October 2013

Tamil Nadu: farmers block power plant, demand compensation under new land law

Cheyyur, Tamil Nadu: Around 300 farmers have refused to part with their land in Cheyyur, 100 km from Chennai on the Tamil Nadu coast, for the Rs. 24,000-crore power plant, asking the government to wait till the newly-elected Land Acquisition Act comes into force so that they could get market rates for their land.

Farmers allege the government is rushing them to save money for the big companies who would bid for the 4000 MW Cheyyur Ultra Mega Power Project plant. Read more http://www.ndtv.com/article/south/tamil-nadu-farmers-block-power-plant-demand-compensation-under-new-land-law-437217

Residents voice reservations against Cheyyur plant

Say the power plant will sound a ‘death knell’ to farming and fishing there

Residents of a few villages in Kancheepuram district expressed their reservations over the proposal to start an ultra mega power plant in Cheyyur, Kancheepuram district on Wednesday, on the ground that the entire process of execution lacked transparency.

They conveyed their disapproval when a team of officials from the Coastal Tamil Nadu Power Limited and the Central Electricity Authority along with representatives from leading players in the power sector, visited the project site ……Read more :http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/residents-voice-reservations-against-cheyyur-plant/article5269318.ece?homepage=true

Wannabe investors face protest

By Sruthisagar Yamunan – CHEYYUR

Published: 24th October 2013 09:55 AM

Prospective investors to the proposed 4,000 megawatt thermal power plant here witnessed a high-voltage angry exchange of words between the police, district officials and locals on a day that saw the villagers hoisting black flags on beaches and boats.

Wednesday began with lower-rung officials from the district administration visiting the villages at 6.30 am to persuade them not to stage protests during the visit.

After the villagers failed to budge, a team of police officers and revenue officials landed in the villages around 10 am and insisted that they remove all the black flags.

After some argument and subsequent persuasion by the local women folk, ……Read more:http://newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/Wannabe-investors-face-protest/2013/10/24/article1852400.ece

Cheyyur Fraud Continues with Police Support

23rd October, 2013

Farmers and fisherfolk today organised black flag demonstrations to coincide with a visit by investors interested in the Cheyyur 4000 MW coal-fired power plant in Kanchipuram district. True to form, masses of unemployed policemen were shipped to the sites of the port and the power plant to intimidate people into shutting up and not posing a hurdle to the free flow of capital. Police forcibly removed black flags from the boats. Investors landed up in a convoy of about 18 cars, according to local people who reported from the site. More than 40 boats were parked at the beach that was described as empty to justify acquisition for the port. Irate villagers blocked the convoy, and an argument ensued. After frayed tempers were soothed, the convoy was allowed to proceed to the power plant site, where more than 300 farmers were gathered with their black flags and their slogans. Markers planted by the Revenue Department to delineate the site had been uprooted by protesting farmers. However, the protestors were held at bay by another large mass of unemployed police that were mobilised to intimidate people into shutting up and not posing a hurdle to the free flow of capital. Power Finance Corporation remained consistent and continued to mislead investors. Investors were shown a patch of uncultivated land (less than 10 percent of the total lands to be acquired is uncultivated) and suggested that this was the nature of land for the project, effectively hiding the fact that more than 80 percent of the project site is agricultural.

 

 

Villagers up in arms against Cheyyur plant

By Express News Service – CHENNAI

Published: 23rd October 2013 08:40 AM

Last Updated: 23rd October 2013 08:40 AM

Inhabitants of several villages near Cheyyur in Kancheepuram, where a proposed 4,000 MW thermal power plant is to be situated, on Tuesday alleged that the Power Finance Corporation (PFC) was deliberately withholding key information from prospective investors for the project.

They said the villages in the area were determined not to let the project be implemented as it was posing grave danger to their livelihood. In a press meet here on Monday, residents of several villages around the project area said that the PFC had already conducted a meeting for prospective investors……..Read morehttp://newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/Villagers-up-in-arms-against-Cheyyur-plant/2013/10/23/article1850408.ece

Cheyyur project-hit families seek Jaya’s intervention

Chennai: Families affected by the 4000 MW Cheyyur Ultra Mega Power Project have written to chief minister J. Jayalalithaa asking her to take steps to urge the Centre to drop the power project to protect their livelihood and houses.

Releasing their identical letters addressed to the chief minister to media, the residents said that they would not provide the land for the coal conveyor from the port to the plant as it would affect their livelihood and harm the rich water resources of the entire area. Read more……http://www.deccanchronicle.com/131023/news-current-affairs/article/cheyyur-project-hit-families-seek-jaya%E2%80%99s-intervention

PRESS CONFERENCE: Land Acquisition Hurdles Make Cheyyur UMPP Riskier

PRESS RELEASE

Land Acquisition Hurdles Make Cheyyur UMPP Riskier

Villagers warned investors considering the Cheyyur 4000 MW UMPP that the project’s lead agency, Power Finance Corporation, was underplaying significant risks by not disclosing legal and land acquisition challenges it faces. Even as land acquisition proceedings for the port and power plant for the 4000 MW Cheyyur UMPP are facing allegations of fraud, farmers owning land for the coal conveyor corridor from port to plant have said they will not part with their lands. They were joined by farmers and others that make their living by farming and fishing on the poromboke lands and backwaters occupied by the project area in sending a letter to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister underscoring their refusal to part with their lands for the project. Land-owners and users have said this project will hurt their livelihoods and harm the rich water resources of the entire area. Water is more precious than electricity, and there are no alternatives to water, the villagers said. The project site includes 100 acres of waterbodies and backwaters, and is coming up in a taluk that has more than 80 irrigation tanks and rich groundwater.

Speaking at a press conference in Chennai a day before a briefing by Power Finance Corporation for potential investors in the city, farmers warned investors that this project will not take off. Besides the power plant, port site and ash pond, the project requires at least 200 acres of land for which no acquisition proceedings have begun. This includes crucial components such as railway siding, road access from NH45 and the 6.5 km corridor for constructing coal conveyor belt, and for bringing process water from the sea and returning effluents to the sea. This corridor is to pass through dense agricultural and horticultural lands in Vilambur and Gangadevankuppam villages covering a total of 50 acres.

The land acquisition for the port is fraudulent because the land being acquired was expressly rejected as unsuitable by several Governmental teams, activists say. Meanwhile, with owners of the land for the coal conveyor corridor refusing to part with their land, the project is likely to be a still-born as it will have no way of transporting the coal from the port to the plant.

Cheyyur residents told investors to verify allegations and review the risks before sinking their money in the project.

For more information, contact: K. Saravanan – 9176331717

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