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District Officials threaten Vilambur Villagers over Cheyyur Power Project

3 January, 2014

Revenue officials threatened land-owners in Vilambur, Cheyyur taluk, with police action for blocking unidentified Hindi-speaking surveyors from entering their farms and orchards with survey equipment. The surveyors have no documents from the Government stating the purpose of the survey or conveying authority for such activities. A team comprising VAO H. Sridhar, Talayari A. Marimuthu and Tahsildar Arumugam threatened to bring the police to facilitate the illegal survey. This development further increases the financial risks and uncertainty over the entire project, and may well render the entire project unviable.Vilambur villagers were objecting to the survey stating that they needed to know all the details regarding the reasons for which the survey was being conducted. In November, a similar attempt by a few Hindi-speaking surveyors was foiled. At that time, the Village Administrative Officer had claimed that he had no idea about land acquisition in Vilambur, and expressed ignorance about the surveyors and their intent. It was only at this time that Vilambur villagers learnt from a Chennai NGO that a stormwater drain, a coal conveyor belt and water intake and effluent pipelines for the 4000MW Cheyyur coal power plant were to pass through their orchards, farm lands and vegetable patches.

Separate Environmental Clearances for the port and the power plant had been obtained after two separate public hearings for the two projects were held. However, no public hearing was held, no EIA prepared and no Environmental Clearance has been obtained for the coal conveyor belt, stormwater drain and water intake/outfall pipelines. As the recent land survey attempts have shown, even the land has not been surveyed.

Similarly, while lands for the power plant and port are being acquired under the Tamil Nadu Acquisition of Lands for Industrial Purposes Act, 1997, 43 acres of lands for the coal conveyor belt, the stormwater drain and the water pipelines are not being acquired under this Act. According to project documents, acquisition of lands for these infrastructure will be left to the private company that wins the bid to set up and operate the power plant. As per law, no such survey can take place without the consent of the land owner unless formal acquisition notice is issued under a relevant land acquisition statute, and surveyors authorised to conduct such survey. No such acquisition notice has been issued to Vilambur villagers, and no consent sought.
For more information, contact: Nityanand Jayaraman: 9444082401
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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

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

Community Environmental Monitoring

No. 92, Thiruvalluvar Nagar 3rd Cross,

Besant Nagar, Chennai 600 090

Farmers seek to switch off power project at Cheyyur – New Indian Express

By Sruthisagar Yamunan | ENS – KANCHEEPURAM/CHENNAI

Published: 22nd August 2013 08:59 AM

Last Updated: 22nd August 2013 09:00 AM

The proposed 4,000 mega watt Ultra Mega Power Project (UMPP) to be set up near the Gangadevankuppam village of Kancheepuram has given rise to apprehension among the farming community in the area.

The project got a fillip in 2008 from the then DMK government……Read morehttp://newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/Farmers-seek-to-switch-off-power-project-at-Cheyyur/2013/08/22/article1745618.ece

Article: Environmental activists nail ‘lies’ in report on Cheyyur plant – The Hindu

Environmental activists and representatives of the fishermen villages of Kancheepuram district have charged that the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report on the 4000-MW, coal-fired power plant in Cheyyur had been constructed on a foundation of “blatant lies” that overlooked the vibrant coastal ecology of the region.

Representatives of the fishing hamlets along Cheyyur coastline, backed by a Chennai-based environmental group, Community Environment Monitoring (CEM), plan to file a case…..Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/environmental-activists-nail-lies-in-report-on-cheyyur-plant/article5056321.ece