In its 2009 prospectus the company stated that "while we have captive coal mines for our operational Tamnar I Project, our Tamnar II Project under implementation in Chhattisgarh does not have a secure source of fuel. We have applied to the Ministry of Coal for a long-term coal linkage to meet the fuel requirements for this power plant and our application is pending. We also do not currently have any long-term coal linkages for our thermal projects under planning."
Existing coal-fired power stations
- the Tamnar I Project is a 1000 MW power plant in Raigarh district, Chhattisgarh. The plant is also referred to as the O. P. Jindal Super Thermal Power Plant.
Proposed coal-fired power stations
Jindal Power has proposed to build:
- the Tamnar II Project, a proposed 2640 MW thermal power plant;
- the Dumka Project is a proposed 1320 megawatt coal-fired power station at Dumka, Jharkhand; and
- the Godda Project, a proposed 600 megawatt power plant at Godda, Jharkhand.
In its 2009 prospectus the company stated that it was also investigating two other coal-fired power station projects. These are the:
- Jharkhand Project, a 2,640 MW plant; and
- Angul Project, a 1,320 MW coal based power project in Angul, Orissa.
Protests against Tamnar II Project
On May 28, 2011, two indigenous rights activists, Ramesh Agrawal and Dr Harihar Patel, were arrested in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh and denied release on bail.
The state police charged the two men with “circulating defamatory material”, “disrupting public order” and “causing alarm and panic among the public” at a May 8, 2010 mandatory public consultation, held by the state pollution board at Tamnar village, relating to the Tamnar II Project proposed by Jindal Steel and Power.
Agrawal and Patel expressed concerns that the expansion would lead to the forcible acquisition of lands from the surrounding local communities by the authorities. The two activists had objected to the proposal and cited an official inspection report which stated that the expansion began before the mandatory clearances were given. Ramesh Agrawal also successfully petitioned India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests to temporarily suspend the terms of reference for the expansion. Following a complaint relating to the delay, the state authorities decided to arrest the two activists.
Ramesh Agrawal works for the environmental rights organization Jan Chetna, and Dr Harihar Patel practices indigenous medicine. They had been actively campaigning against the pollution caused by existing industrial projects, including coal plants, and the potential negative environmental impact of proposed industrial projects in central Chhattisgarh. The two activists have been at the forefront of the campaign for the public disclosure of information relating to projects which affect local Adivasi (Indigenous) communities and for ensuring that these are available to the communities. Their arrest, Amnesty International believes, is intended to stop their peaceful campaign activities.
The two activists were sent to Raigarh prison until June 3, 2011, and a local court rejected their appeals for release on bail on June 2. Ramesh Agrawal, who complained of hypertension, was taken for treatment at a government-run hospital where he is being kept chained to his bed.
Jindal Power Limited,
Tamnar 496 107,
District Raigarh, Chhattisgarh, India
Phone: +(91 7767) 302 000
Fax: + (91 7767) 281 995
Jindal Power Limited,
Jindal Centre, 12, Bhikaiji Cama Place,
New Delhi 110 066 India
Articles and Resources
- Jindal Power, "Annual Report 2009-10", Jindal Power, January 2011, page 9. (Pdf)
- Jindal Power Limited, "Draft Red Herring Prospectus", Jindal Power, December 2009, page 16. (Pdf)
- Jindal Power Limited, "Draft Red Herring Prospectus", Jindal Power, December 2009, page 49. (Pdf)
- "Indian environmental activists held" Amnesty International, June 2, 2011.
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- Jindal Power, "Draft Red Herring Prospectus", Jindal Power, December 2009. (Pdf)
- Jindal Power, "Annual Report 2009-10", Jindal Power, January 2011. (Pdf)