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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

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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

Community Environmental Monitoring

No. 92, Thiruvalluvar Nagar 3rd Cross,

Besant Nagar, Chennai 600 090

Cheyyur plant: Farmers demand price as per new land Bill

Even before the Land Acquisition Bill receives Presidential assent and became an act, farmers in Cheyyur have demanded compensation as per rates fixed in the legislation for their farmlands sought to be acquired by a subsidiary of Power Finance Corporation (PFC) for a power plant.

The farmers accused the Coastal Tamil Nadu Power Limited (CTPL), floated by PFC for implementing the 4000 MW Cheyyur Ultra Mega Power Project, of attempting to rush through the land acquisition process to avoid paying higher rate that would come into being once the Act was notified.

The CTPL is acquiring land in Cheyyur and surrounding hamlets of Chitharkadu, Vedal and Gangadevan Kuppam in the district for the project.

The farmers of these villages in a petition presented to the district collector said the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, 2013 ……..Read more http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/cheyyur-plant-farmers-demand-price-as-per-new-land-bill/article5123690.ece