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The Coal Scourage – Key Note Speech of E A S Sarma, Former Union Power Secretary 

Coal is a widely used but fast depleting energy resource. The extensive land degradation that coal mining involves, the widespread loss of livelihoods and toxic pollution that coal-based projects cause and the long-term adverse impact of burning coal on the global climate have raised serious concerns worldwide. A cursary look at some of our coal mining areas in the eastern and the central regions of the country will reveal the extent of human trauma that coal mining has caused in those regions. An interaction with those who live in the vicinity of any coal-based power plant will corroborate the havoc caused by the huge quantities of fly ash dumped all around. Despite the much touted claim that India has “abundant” coal reserves, it is a fact that, at the rate at which coal is being consumed in our case, the extractable and usable coal resources will not last beyond 15 years. It is ironic that we should continue to pursue the use of coal as the primary source of energy in India.

Read the complete speech here: 

http://sipcotcuddalore.com/pr_230214.html

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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.

 

 

Invitation for pre-qualification and Request for Qualification issued

The Global Invitation for pre-qualification and the Request For Qualification for Power Purchase Agreement for Development and Operation  of Cheyyur UMPP were issued on 26th September, 2013 and are available for download from the Resources section or from the links below:

Request for Qualification:-

http://www.pfcindia.com/writereaddata/WhatsNew/CTNPL_RFQ_UMPP_26-Sep-13.pdf

Global Invitation for pre-qualification:-

http://www.pfcindia.com/writereaddata/userfiles/file/UMPP/RFQNOticeCheyyur_26092013.pdf