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Niddodi Ultra Mega Power Project

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Niddodi Ultra Mega Power Project is a proposed 4000 MW Ultra Mega Power Project in Karnataka, India. The project for Tadri, the Tadri Ultra Mega Power Project, was deferred after opposition but proposed again in 2013 for the coastal village of Niddodi.

Location

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

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Background

The 4000 MW Ultra Mega Power Project is being pursued by National Thermal Power Corporation.[1] It is one of nine Ultra Mega Power Projects proposed by the government of India as part of a strategy to add an additional 100,000 megawatts of generation capacity by 2017. The 4,000 megawatt project is in the state of Karnataka.[2][3]

In 2007 the Hindustan Times wrote that "the Tadri project has been delayed due to various reasons, including the unstable political situation in Karnataka," and that "three [UMPPs] including Girye in Maharashtra, Akaltara in Chattisgarh and Tadri in Karnataka may have to be eventually abandoned."[4]

In 2013 Karnataka state officials asked the India Ministry of Coal to set up an Ultra Mega Power Project in the coastal Dakshina Kannada district. A team of officers from the Power Company of Karnataka Limited (PCKL) carried out site inspection of the state to identify land for development, and chose Niddodi village of Mangalore taluk, Dakshina Kannada district.[5]

In July 2013 more than 2,000 people went on hunger strike against the proposed UMPP.[6]

According to the Power Finance Corporation, development of a coastal Karnataka UMPP is "in process."[7]

In May 2014 the India Minister for Forests, Environment and Ecology said the proposal to set up a thermal power plant in Niddodi had been shelved "considering the opposition of the people to the project."[8]

Citizen opposition

In May 2013 it was reported that villagers "of Niddodi convened a meeting ... to express their protest to the proposed 4000 mw ultra mega thermal power project at Niddodi. Addressing the meeting, Umanath Kotian, former president of the Tulu Sahitya Academy, said he would be always with the people of Niddodi in their fight against the proposed thermal project. He also declared that he was ready to even sacrifice his life for the cause.[9]

In July 2013, 2,000 people from 10 villages gathered for a one-day hunger strike to protest the Niddodi Ultra Mega Power Project. The villagers fear their land will be lost or affected by the pollution from the plant.[10]

In August 2013 it was reported that 2000 villagers of Niddodi signed a letter to the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah urging him to drop the proposed Niddodi Ultra Mega Power Project. The signators were concerned with the potential environmental and agriculture impacts.[11] Popular Indian social activist Ravindranath Shanbhag also took up the cause of villagers who will be impacted by the plant's development, stating, "Make politicians and administrators feel the heat of the people's protest. The government will implement the project if people keep mum. Initially, they will select the spot, prepare environment impact assessment report, declare the area as barren land on their own and later divide residents to acquire the land tactfully," Shanbhag said.[12]

In September 2013, a thousand people associated with the Indian Catholic Youth Movement protested the proposed Niddodi Ultra Mega Power Project citing concerns over land and environmental issues.[13]

Project Details

Sponsor: Coastal Karnataka Power Limited[14]
Parent: Power Finance Corporation[14]
Location: Niddodi village of Moodbidri taluk, Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka, India
Coordinates: 13.042756, 74.903208 (approximate)
Status: Cancelled
Nameplate capacity: 4,000 MW
Type: Ultra Mega Power Project
Projected in service:
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References

  1. "NTPC to Establish 4000MW Power Plants in Karnataka and Chhattisgarh" Steel Guru, Nov. 27, 2011.
  2. Rebecca Petchey, Michael Lampard and Alan Copeland, Thermal coal", Australian commodities, ABARE, Volume 17 number 1, March quarter 2010, page 155.
  3. Amiti Sen & Subhash Narayan, "States make case for second UMPP with advanced land clearances", Economic Times, (India), March 20, 2010.
  4. Samiran Saha and Gaurav Choudhury, "Giriye power project: Mango farmers not to give up land", Hindustan Times, November 25, 2007.
  5. "Karnataka pushes Centre to set up Ultra Mega Power Project in state," The Economic Times, Feb 24, 2013.
  6. "Citizens protest against Mega power project Niddodi in Mangalore," Demotix, July 27, 2013.
  7. "Ultra Mega Power Projects (UMPP)," Power Finance Corporation Ltd., accessed March 2014.
  8. "Niddodi power project shelved, Varahi second phase to begin," The Hindu, May 24, 2014.
  9. "Niddodi villagers firm in their decision to thwart thermal project plans" The Canara Times, May 19, 2013.
  10. http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/residents-from-10-villages-protest-against-thermal-power-plant-at-niddodi/article4965611.ece "Residents from 10 villages protest against thermal power plant at Niddodi"] The Hindu, July 29, 2013.
  11. "Niddodi villagers write to CM seeking to drop proposed thermal project" The Canara Times, August 5, 2013.
  12. "'Power project will destroy cultural heritage of Niddodi' Times of India, September 1, 2013.
  13. "Mangalore : Protest Rally against Niddodi Project by ICYM" Lionel Pinto, Kinnigoli, September 29, 2013.
  14. 14.0 14.1 "PFC 30th Annual Report, 2015-2016," pages 151-152

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