Monthly Archives: November 2013


India: World Bank Approves $236 Million for reducing disaster risks for coastal villages in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry

Over 17,000 families to benefit from construction of hazard-resilient houses

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2013 – The World Bank today approved a $236 million credit aimed at increasing the resilience of coastal communities to a range of hazards by enhancing mitigation measures along coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in India.

The Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Coastal Disaster Risk Reduction Project will address the multiple challenges that these communities face as a result of their exposure to natural hazards with a focus on risk reduction and mitigation.

The coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry are densely populated and are endowed with significant natural resources. However, the coastal population and its economic assets are prone to multiple hazards including high frequency and high intensity cyclones, threat of rising sea levels……….Read more:


Odisha, Tamil Nadu UMPPs attract bids from 12 companies

As many as 12 companies, including Tata Power, Adani Power, Vedanta and state-run NTPC, are in the fray for two proposed ultra mega power projects in Odisha and Tamil Nadu.
Five companies have shown interest in the Odisha UMPP and seven utilities have lined up for the Cheyyur UMPP in Tamil Nadu, according to sources who did not provide a break-up of the bids.
UMPPs are large power projects that use domestic or imported coal. Each has a capacity of about 4,000 MW and requires an estimated investment of Rs 20,000 crore.
Other bidders include Jindal Steel & Power and a consortium of NHPC, BHEL and Singareni Collieries Company, the sources said.
The last date for submission of bids is November 25 for the Odisha project and November 28 for the Cheyyur plant……….Read more:

Cheyyur power project trips over environmental clearance

The Rs 24,200-cr coastal project has run into trouble because of differing views on its threat to local ecology

The government’s attempt at reviving investor interest in its flagship Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPP) scheme after a four-year lull is headed south – quite literally. One of the two such newly-announced projects in Cheyyur village, 96 kilometre south of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, has been engulfed in a controversy spanning economic, social and ecological domains. With the National Green Tribunal last month restraining the authorities from awarding the Rs 24,200 crore project, the future hints at a long-drawn battle between the protesting local inhabitants and the project proponent, Power Finance Corporation (PFC), which arranges clearances before such projects are bid out to companies.

The preliminary work on the Cheyyur UMPP began in 2006 with teams from the Central Electricity Authority, the power ministry’s technical and planning wing, conducting site visits in Cheyyur, one of the four sites identified in the state for a UMPP project. A Special Purpose Vehicle called the…………… Read more:



18 November, 2013


Chennai CRZ Docs on Website Wrong

In response to media coverage of Chennai fisherfolk’s demands that the CRZ public hearing slotted for 19 November be postponed until after the relevant documents are made available in Tamil, the Department of Environment has hurriedly uploaded Coastal Zone Management maps on its website at around 11.30 a.m. today. The maps are in English, and a document purporting to be an Executive Summary has also been uploaded.

Curiously, though, the map pertaining to the central region of Chennai — namely, Fort, Tondiarpet, Triplicane and Mylapore Taluks — is fatally flawed. For example, Kamaraj Nagar, Kasturba Nagar and Adyar are all shown to be within the Adyar River. Urur-Olcott Kuppam, which is on the Northern end of Besant Nagar beach, is shown to be in MRC Nagar, at the location where the 5-star hotel Leela Kempinsky currently stands. Nochikuppam, the fishing village south of the Lighthouse is shown to be in the middle of Marina beach. The link to the Tamil Executive Summary takes one to a document that is in gibberish.

Annexure 1 of the CRZ Notification, 2011, lays out the guidelines for the preparation of the Coastal Zone Management Plans (CZMP) which are to be the subject of the statutory public hearing. According to these guidelines, CZMPs should contain detailed maps that highlight the high tide and low tide lines, the various CRZ Zones 1, 2, 3 and 4, and the proposed land-use plan for these various areas. The maps should also clearly demarcate the common areas that are used by fisherfolk, such as fish drying areas etc.  The CZMPs are also expected to contain detailed plans prepared by the State Government for the long-term housing needs of fishing communities. 

None of these details are available on the website, and what has been made available a day before the public hearing, is fatally flawed and inaccurate.

Given that essential documents are either missing or inaccurate, Save Chennai Beaches Campaign has requested the District Collector to rectify the matter and reschedule the public hearing after all documents are made available in Tamil and English.

For more information, contact: Nityanand Jayaraman: 9444082401

Major fire causes UMPP shutdown

Major fire causes UMPP shutdown

Fire shuts down Mundra UMPP till November 24. Coastal Gujarat Power Limited expects to incur financial loss of Rs 206 crore due to generation loss of 912 million units. Read more:

Cheyyur plant green nod challenged

A resident of Panaiyur Periakuppam in Kancheepuram has moved the National Green Tribunal here challenging the Environment Clearance (EC) awarded recently to the proposed 4,000 Megawatt Ultra Mega Power Project in Cheyyur belonging to the Power Finance Corporation by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF).

This is the second case relating to the project now with the NGT. Last year, the same petitioner filed a petition against the EC provided by the ministry………Read more:

India Extends Bidding Dateline For Odisha, Tamil Nadu UMPPs

The last date for submission of request for qualification (RFQ) 4,000-MW each ultra mega power projects (UMPPs) in Odisha and Tamil Nadu are extended by a fortnight to attract more competent players, reports said.

For Bhedabahal project in Odisha and Cheyyur power plant in Tamil Nadu, the last date has been extended up to November 25 and November 28 respectively. Earlier, the last date for RFQ submission was November 11.

RFQ is the first stage of bidding, which is followed by submission of price bids. Each of the mega projects that would cost nearly Rs.24,000 crore are expected to be allotted by February.

So far, companies such as Tata Power, NHPC, NTPC, Sterlite, JSPL and JSW, among others have purchased………Read more: