Baradarha power Plant

Baradarha power Plant, in its February 2014 status report, the Central Electricity Authority reported that Unit 1 of the project was commissioned in February 2014 and Unit 2 would be commissioned in March 2014. Commissioning of unit 2 was later delayed to mid-2015 due to “cancellation of coal block and non-availability of coal linkage.”

Project Details

Sponsor: DB Power
Location: Baradarha village, Janjgir district, Chhattisgarh
Coordinates: 21.9114358, 83.1888628
Status: Operating
Capacity: 1,2000 MW (Units 1&2: 600 MW)
In service: 2014 (Unit 1); 2015 (Unit 2)
Coal Source: Dharamjaigarh, Chhattisgarh

Proposed coal mine

DB Power is seeking the acquisition of 693.32 hectares of land for a coal mine, a project in Dharamjaigarh that would displace an estimated 524 families from six settlements to extract 2 million tonnes of coal annually. The coal would be used to fuel a 1320 MW thermal power plant that would be built in the adjoining district of Janjgir. According to a company sponsored environment impact assessment, 2709 people would be displaced and 51,000 people affected by the coal mine.

Public opposition

According to activist Ramesh Agarwal: “If the company is really giving up 350 acres of land, it should submit a new EIA report,” saying that the existing report was meaningless as giving up 350 acres of urban land would alter the mining plan of the project. The Centre for Science and Environment, a Delhi-based research group, criticised the report for not providing information on the mine’s impact on surface and groundwater sources, forests and fauna: “Almost 40 per cent of land in the project area is covered under forests …There are 11 reserved and 2 protected forests within 10 km radius.”

DB Corp paper runs stories in support of mine

D B Power is promoted by Bhaskar group that publishes Dainik Bhaskar, the largest selling Hindi newspaper in Chhattisgarh. In the days preceding a hearing on the coal mine, the Raigarh edition of the Dainik Bhaskar carried a full page of stories in favour of the project.

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