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.
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).
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.
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.
Prospective investors to the proposed 4,000 megawatt thermal power plant here witnessed a high-voltage angry exchange of words between the police, district officials and locals on a day that saw the villagers hoisting black flags on beaches and boats.
Wednesday began with lower-rung officials from the district administration visiting the villages at 6.30 am to persuade them not to stage protests during the visit.
After the villagers failed to budge, a team of police officers and revenue officials landed in the villages around 10 am and insisted that they remove all the black flags.
The National Green Tribunal has restrained the project proponents of the proposed Cheyyur Ultra Mega Power Project in Kancheepuram off the East Coast Road from finalising bids for the works until further orders.
The coal jetty for the 4,000 MW power project was challenged by two residents of Panaiyur in July this year after an environment clearance was granted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests last November.
UMPPs to be developed under PPP mode on DBFOT basis
Request for Qualification (RFQ) for two ultra mega power projects (UMPP) proposed in Orissa and Tamil Nadu have been invited, as per the recently approved new standard bidding documents (SBDs). Both the UMPPs will be implemented through public, private, partnership (PPP) route on design, build, finance, operate and transfer (DBFOT) basis. The last date for submission of pre qualification bids for both the projects is 11 November 2013. Read more……http://www.cmie.com/kommon/bin/sr.php?kall=wclrdhtm&nvdt=20130926143347880&nvpc=099000000000&nvtype=TIDINGS