Bhandara power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Bhandara power station is a proposed 2,640-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Maharashtra, India.

Location

The map below shows the village of Rohana, the approximate location where the plant would be built.

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Background on Plant

The 2,640 MW proposed power station by Bhandara Thermal Power Corporation received a terms of reference in February 2011,[1] and again in September 2014.[2]

With no further progress as of June 2019, the project appears to be abandoned.

Protests

June 2012: Farmers from 15 affected villages hold a public meeting near the plant site in Rohana village to challenge land acquisitions.

In 2011 residents of Rohana village began a series of protests against the manner in which Bhandara Thermal was acquiring land in the village. The land under consideration was valuable irrigated farmland providing three paddy crops year. Yet farmers alleged that the company had acquired nearly 600 ha of the land for only Rs 8 lakh per acre (0.4 ha), far below its value, and that no meeting or public hearing was held by the company in the area, and the gram sabha and panchayat bodies were not taken into confidence while initiating the acquisition process. The Rohana gram sabha and panchayat bodies had registered repeated complaints with the district collector regarding what they said was an illegal land acquisition process, but no action was taken. Allegedly, many men signed land acquisition papers while the company inticed them to drink alcohol. Complaints sent to the district collector over these issues have received no action. By May 30, 2012, farmers from 15 villages near the Bhandara plant met in Rohana, resolving not to sell any more land to BTPC. They stopped the construction work on June 1, 2012, but police prevented them from stopping the work the next day.[3]

By August 2011, farmers of Rohana village near the Bhandara power plant have refused to let their land be acquired for the plant. They claimed the power plant would render them jobless and cause widespread pollution. On August 8, 2011, the farmers met with the district collector to discuss the issue. In a memorandum, the farmers said the acquisition of their land would make them homeless and make them lose their livelihoods. Some protestors even threatened suicide if their land is acquired.[4]

Ownership

Bhandara Thermal Power Corporation (BTPCL) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China-based SEP Shandong Energy Ventures. According to the company website, the company was incorporated in January, 2008, "for the purpose of developing 1320 Megawatt Thermal Power Plant in Bhandara District in the State of Maharashtra. The company has acquired land for the purpose of establishing the plant."[5]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Bhandara Thermal Power Corporation
  • Parent company: SEP Shandong Energy Ventures
  • Developer:
  • Location: Rohana village, Mohadi taluk, Bhandara district, Maharashtra
  • Coordinates: 21.271844, 79.688234 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity: 2,640 MW (4 x 660 MW)
  • Type: Supercritical
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:
  • Permits and applications: Terms of reference, India MoEF, Feb 3, 2011; Terms of reference, India MoEF, Sep 16, 2014

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References

  1. Terms of reference, India MoEF, Feb 3, 2011.
  2. Terms of reference, India MoEF, Sep. 16, 2014.
  3. "Land stir against Bhandara power plant intensifies," Down to Earth, June 5, 2012.
  4. “Rohana farmers oppose land acquisition for power plant”, The Times of India, August 10, 2011.
  5. "Subsidiaries," SEP Shnadong Energy Ventures, accessed Dec 2016

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