Uttar Pradesh and coal

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Coal plants in Uttar Pradesh, India

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Opposition to power plants

June 2011: "We have no option but to beg for our lands, but begging is also a crime"

"We have no option but to beg for our lands, but begging is also a crime

In June 2011, farmers protested Bara Thermal Power Project near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh by staging a mass public begging, to dramatize that if the plant is built they will have no option other than begging. In footage broadcast by CVB News Service, Raj Bahadur Patel, a leader of the farmers, said, "The government acquired our lands without following the policy of land acquisition. We have been protesting for 300 days. The administration has said they will not do anything in the matter. We have appealed to the government to give us our lands as they are our source of livelihood. The farmers along with their families participated in the flag march today." Another leader, Arvind Patel, said, "We have no option but to beg for our lands, but this government says that begging is also a crime.

It was reported in February 2011 that villagers ransacked and damaged property at the site for the Bara Thermal Power Project. The protesters had reportedly inflicted damage worth Rs 1 crore.[1]

Major Coal Companies in region

  • Coal India - The World Coal Institute states that "almost all of India's 565 [coal] mines are operated by Coal India and its subsidiaries, which account for about 86% of the country's coal production." The USGS estimates coal production from major wholly Coal India owned subsidiaries as including Northern Coalfields Ltd, which operates in Indian Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh and has an annual capacity of 24 million tonnes.[2]
  • Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut

Government Agencies

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. "JP Power faces severe protest" ProjectsInfo, February 14, 2011.
  2. "India", World Coal Institute, undated, accessed June 2008.

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