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India Extends Bidding Dateline For Odisha, Tamil Nadu UMPPs

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.

So far, companies such as Tata Power, NHPC, NTPC, Sterlite, JSPL and JSW, among others have purchased………Read more: http://www.rttnews.com/2218729/india-extends-bidding-dateline-for-odisha-tamil-nadu-umpps.aspx?type=in&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=sitemap

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Tamil Nadu: farmers block power plant, demand compensation under new land law

Cheyyur, Tamil Nadu: Around 300 farmers have refused to part with their land in Cheyyur, 100 km from Chennai on the Tamil Nadu coast, for the Rs. 24,000-crore power plant, asking the government to wait till the newly-elected Land Acquisition Act comes into force so that they could get market rates for their land.

Farmers allege the government is rushing them to save money for the big companies who would bid for the 4000 MW Cheyyur Ultra Mega Power Project plant. Read more http://www.ndtv.com/article/south/tamil-nadu-farmers-block-power-plant-demand-compensation-under-new-land-law-437217

Wannabe investors face protest

By Sruthisagar Yamunan – CHEYYUR

Published: 24th October 2013 09:55 AM

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.

After some argument and subsequent persuasion by the local women folk, ……Read more:http://newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/Wannabe-investors-face-protest/2013/10/24/article1852400.ece

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.

 

 

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

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

Heavy metals in (coal) fly ash a cause for concern

G. VENKATARAMANA RAO

Green activists are very much worried over traces of toxic substances

A view of the Narla Tatarao Thermal Power Station fly ash pond as seen from the ghat road to Kondapalli Fort.

A view of the Narla Tatarao Thermal Power Station fly ash pond as seen from the ghat road to Kondapalli Fort.

Along with spewing pollutants into the air is the fly ash being produced by the Narla Tatarao Thermal Power Station (NTTPS) and stored in the ever-growing ash tanks causing surface and ground water pollution that will have devastating consequences for those living in villages located on their edges.

The public hearing mandatory before granting of Environmental Clearance to any new thermal project seems to have stirred the hornet’s nest with green activist, who came to make environmental impact appraisals prior to it, crying foul.

Toxic constituents in fly ash depend upon the specific coal used for power generation.

Traces or percentages of toxic substances like arsenic, cadmium, mercury, lead, beryllium, boron, chromium, manganese, selenium, strontium, thallium and vanadium, along with dioxins and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon compounds are found in fly ash. But it is the heavy metals – arsenic, mercury, cadmium and lead – that are causing concern to green activists here. Nearly 45 per cent of the coal used gets converted into ash. This works out to thousands of tonnes of fly ash.

The fly ash is mixed with water and pumped into huge ash tanks. The heavy metals that get into the water get leeched into the ground water because the fly ash tanks of the NTTPS are not lined, or, they end up contaminating the surface water and get into the food chain. The water is used for drinking by the people and the cattle. Contaminated grass is again consumed by the cattle and humans consume the milk.

The heavy metals, particularly mercury, which are ingested faster then they are excreted, get accumulated in living tissue in small amounts acting like slow poison.

The detection of high levels of mercury in some medicinal herbs collected from the Krishna river-bed downstream the Prakasam Barrage gives credence to the fears of the environmentalist.

The bio-accumulation of mercury causes the ‘Minamata’ disease, named after the place in Japan where it first occurred due to the consumption of fish in which the concentrations of mercury were very high.

Production capacity

Environmental engineer Sagar Dhara, who came to make an appraisal of the environmental impact, said the production capacity of the thermal power station had been increased more then once. It was very important to make a thorough study into the impact of the increase in production on the surrounding environment and community, he stressed.