14 September 2015
Mr. Hiroshi Watanabe
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
Dear Mr. Hiroshi Watanabe
We, people’s movements and other organizations from India, who work with communities impacted by developmental projects are concerned with the support JBIC is considering by financing the expansion of Darlipali Coal-Fired power plant located in Orissa and Tanda Coal-Fired Power Plant in Uttar Pradesh, India. We strongly urge you not to extend support for this project.
Our concern stems from grave issues raised by local communities over the 1,600 MW (2×800) expansion of Darlipali Coal-Fired power plant. The process of land acquisition in this case has also been marred with opposition. Of the 1,217 acres private land needed for the main plant, the State Government has issued possession certificate for 1,213 acres. A section of people whose land was being acquired protested seeking cancellation of the Darlipali Power Plant. A writ was also filed by the affected people in the Odisha High Court which went on to dismiss the writ petition but only on the ground of delay in filing and that the dispute related to only few acres of land and not a large chunk. This observation by the court is in itself disturbing.
Also, In Darlipali, affected people filed a complaint to the High Court of Odisha, since blasting works have been carried out illegally. The blasting works have been carried out within the prohibited residential area by a company who does not have an adequate license. These projects do not comply with the Guidelines, which require the compliance with environmental laws and standards of the host nation and local governments concerned.
In case of Tanda Coal-Fired Power Plant, the Uttar Pradesh State government has acquired nine villages in and around Tanda tehsil to pave way for extension of 440MW thermal power plant. The plant is proposed to be expanded up to 1360MW. The district administration of Ambedkaranagar where the Tunda Power plant is located had taken into account two villages namely Salalpur Rajaur and Hasimpur in Tanda to acquire land of around 750 farmers. These people have protested the acquiring the land and nothing has been done to address their issues. Farmers were also arrested for protesting the acquisition process.
In the race to catch up with their projected power generation capacities for future the government agencies have ignored issues of land rights and human rights completely.
For reasons stated above, it is incumbent upon JBIC to look into these serious concerns which affect the land and livelihood rights of communities and also violate the several provisions of JBIC Guidelines before even considering financing these projects. We urge JBIC to review these projects carefully.
- Prasad Chacko, Ahmedabad
- Himdhara, Himachal Pradesh
- Ashok Choudhary, All India Union of Forest Working People
- Soumya Dutta, Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatha, New Delhi
- Beyond Copenhagen Collective, New Delhi
- Rajendra Ravi, Institute for Democracy and Sustainability, New Delhi
- South Asian Dialogues on Ecological Democracy, New Delhi
- Indigenous Perspectives, Manipur
- North East People’s Alliance, Manipur
- Xavier Dias, Khan Kaneej Aur ADHIKAR (Mines minerals & RIGHTS), Jharkhand
- Ravi Rebbapragada, Mines, Minerals and People, Andhra Pradesh
- Sanjeev Kumar, Delhi Forum, New Delhi
- Dr. Arati Chokshi, Bangalore
- Programme for Social Action, New Delhi
- Critical Action – Centre in Movement, New Delhi
- Narmada Bachao Andolan, Madhya Pradesh
- Delhi Solidarity Group, New Delhi
- Intercultural Resources, New Delhi
- BIC Trust, New Delhi
- Amulya Nayak, Odisha Chas Parivesh Surekhsa Parishad, Odisha
- Machimar Adhikaar Sangharsh Sangathan, Gujarat
- Srijan Lokhit Samiti, Madhya Pradesh
- Vimalbhai, Matu Jan Sangathan
- Dynamic Action, Kerala
- Ghar Bano Ghar Bachao Andolan, Mumbai
- Peace and Justice Concerns, Kerala
- Madhuresh Kumar, National Alliance of People’s Movements
- Mujahid Nafees, Gujarat