Monthly Archives: May 2014

Coal Conveyor route surveyed with Police Intimidation

22 May, 2014 — Nearly a hundred policemen were deployed today to prevent villagers from Vilambur and Panaiyur from blocking the survey of their orchards and homesteads to make way for a coal conveyor corridor linking the proposed coal jetty in Panaiyur village to the controversial 4000 MW ultra mega power plant in Cheyyur. An earlier attempt by the project proponents was aborted after villagers threatened direct action if surveyors entered their private property. The Government of India-owned Power Finance Corporation has floated a special purpose vehicle Coastal Tamil Nadu Polwer Ltd, which has obtained environmental clearances for the power plant and the port allegedly through fraudulent means. According to villagers, surveyors for CTNPL today entered private property and conducted survey under police protection. 

The alignment for the crucial link — namely, the coal conveyor corridor — has not even been surveyed till date. Villagers say that they were unaware that their lands were part of the power project, and that none of them were invited for any public hearing. Neither has any Environmental Impact Assessment been conducted for the coal conveyor corridor.

The illegalities relating to the coal conveyor corridor are currently pending adjudication in the National Green Tribunal. Villagers said they had already approached the District Collector and the Police several months back seeking more information regarding the intent of the survey. They said they are disappointed that the State Government has betrayed them so soon after the elections, and used intimidation to take over their lands.

Reported by Nityanand Jayaraman, for

Finally, Cheyyur, Odisha Ultra Power Projects Get Bidders

After a gap of nearly two-and-a- half years, Power Finance Corporation, (PFC) on Friday received as many as eight request for proposal (RFQ) for the 4000 MW Cheyyur ultra mega power plant to come up in Tamil Nadu. About a week ago the PFC also received nine RFQs for another 4000 MW planned at Bedabahal which is expected to come up at Sundergarh district in Odisha.

Together both UMPPs will fetch investments to the tune of `50,000 crore, thus bringing in the much-needed funds for the power sector.

The firms that have sent their request for for the Cheyyur UMPP include PSU, NTPC, infrastructure major GMR, Sterlite Energy Ltd, the energy arm of Vedanta Resources Plc, China Light and Power along with its Indian partner, JSW,  Jindal Steel and Power, Adani Power and Tata.

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Govt evaluating site in Bihar for 4,000 MW UMPP

Press Trust of India  |  <news:geo_locations>New Delhi  

May 1, 2014 Last Updated at 15:56 IST
The Power Ministry is evaluating a site in  for setting up a 4,000 MW ultra mega power project and has approached the Coal Ministry for allocation of a nearest coal block for the thermal plant. 

“We are considering a site in Bihar to set up a 4,000 MW UMPP. Land has been identified, water is available and we have even written to the Ministry of Coal on allocating a nearest coal block,” a Power Ministry official told PTI without divulging the name of the location. 

However, according to sources, the proposed plant is likely to be fed coal from a mine either in  or