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Orissa government to hold public hearing on Sindol hydro-power project

Following is a report from ET:

BHUBANESWAR: Bowing to public pressure, the Orissa government has decided to conduct public hearings before launching the Rs 2,600 crore Sindol hydro power project, which has been facing stiff protest from the affected people and political parties including the ruling Biju Janata Dal. The public hearing will be held at three sites where barrages are proposed to be built.

The three sites of the project- Sindol-I (100 MW), Sindol-II (100 MW) and Sindol-III (120 MW) – are located in Sambalpur, Boudh and Sonepur districts. The Orissa Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC) had on July 21 signed a MoU with NHPC Ltd for this project.

“We will take views of the local people before going ahead with the project,” state energy minister Atanu S Nayak told reporters here adding that the state government will ensure that the locals get the optimum benefit out of the project”.

The state government had been claiming that no one would be displaced or no agricultural land be submerged due to Sindol project. However, the locals do not trust the government and have come out openly against the project.

On Wednesday, the people in Sonepur observed a 12-hour bandh at the district headquarters opposing Sindol project.

The ruling BJD MLAs from the three districts have also expressed their concern over the state government’s action of signing MoU for Sindol project without reading public mind. Health minister Prasanna Acharya, food and supplies minister Niranjan Pujari and former minister and sitting Birmaharajpur MLA Padmanav Behera, have meanwhile expressed their displeasure over the state government’s action of going ahead with the controversial Sindol project without consulting the people’s representatives.

August 4, 2011 at 1:38 pm 1 comment

Sindhol Project: Shri Prasanna Acharya, Shri Niranjan Pujari and Shri Padmanav Behera demand “public hearing and guarantee on zero displacement”

Following is a report from the Sambad:

August 1, 2011 at 3:17 pm Leave a comment

Proposed Sindhol hydro-electric projects opposed in western Odisha

Following report is from The Pioneer:


The decision of the State Government to construct the three-stage Sindhol hydro-electric project downstream of the Hirakud river to generate 320 mw of power, has evoked strong reaction among the common people, political parties, social organisation in the whole of western Odisha including Balangir, Sonepur, Boudh and Sambalpur.

Forming a joint company between the Odisha Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC) and the National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC) an MoU was signed by the Government of Odisha, the OHPC and the NHPC in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday in Bhubaneswar.

A total of Rs 3000 crore would be invested for implementation of the first phase of Sindhol-I, Sindhol-II and Sindhol-III with an installed capacity of 320 MW.

The project envisages construction of a barrage on the Mahanadi to utilise the surplus water of the Hirakud reservoir for production of electricity. In the first phase, implementation of the Unit-I project will be accelerated. The barrage is 40 km away from village Deogaon and 90 km from Chipilima. The second unit is 30 km from village Kapasira and the third barrage will be at Godhaneswar, 40 km away.

The joint venture company will set up the project Sindhol-1(100MW) in Sambalpur Sindhol-II in Sonepur and Sindhol-III in Boudh district on the downstream of Mahanadi.

“The project will displace large number of people in the entire Kosalanchal region. In the past, people of this region rose in stiff opposition to the Manibhadra dam project which had to be shelved. This time also, people will oppose the Sindhol projects tooth and nail,” said Kohal Kranti Dal president Promod mihsra.

General secretary of the regional outfit’s Yuva Morcha Priyabata Sahu pointed out: “If the project is executed, it would submerge large areas of Birmahajpur and Sonepur in the Subarnapur district. According to a preliminary survey, in 1990, it would submerge 118 villages and 37,000 hectares of total land including reserve forests, village forests and residential areas in Sambalpur, Sonepur, Boudh and other parts in western Odisha.”

Similar reactions have come forth from Boudh too. “At least 30 villages under 8 gram panchayats of Kantamal constituency in Boudh district are going to be submerged besides large tracts of land including historical monuments,” said Congress leader Kanhei Dang. He expressed concern over the inevitable situation.

In Samablpur, the MoU also evoked sharp reactions among the people. The claim of the Government that there would be no displacement of people in the project areas is nothing but an eyewash, people say.

Meanwhile, former MP Bhavani Hota addressing mediapersons on Friday in Sambalpur observed that the Sindhol hydro power project is nothing new. Earlier it was known as stage III of Hirakud Dam. When the Government tried to construct a dam at Tikarpada and Manibhadra over the Mahanadi, it had to be shelved due to opposition from the entire western Odisha. The claim of generation of 320 mw power is also questionable, Hota said.

Former Balangir MP Balgopal Mishra said, “Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is in the habit of neglecting and betraying the people of western Odisha. In 2003 he had assured that there would be no further construction over the Mahanadi. But by signing the agreement with NHPC and OHPC hurriedly without taking the people of this region into confidence, it proves that he has again betrayed the people of this western region.” Mishra called upon the people to resist this arbitrary and anti-people decision of the Government.

Even though the Government is going to construct the power projects at Degaon, Kapasira and at Godhaneshwar, the height of the dams has not been mentioned. The Government should clarify the position, said Rajnan Panda of Water Initiative Odisha (WIO).

WIO demanded total public consultation in the concerned areas before execution of the projects. Rather than going for big power projects, Government should go for other measures to provide assured irrigation to farmers from micro irrigation and other methods, Panda advised.

Meanwhile the All Koshal Students Union, in an emergency meeting here, threatened to launch an agitation demanding scrapping of this project, as they perceive this project as anti-people which would bring more disaster in practical terms to the people of this area than any development.

Here is another report from express buzz: Sindol project opens old wounds

BHUBANESWAR: The decision of the State Government to go ahead with the Sindol project has sparked strong protest from the Opposition political parties and people of Sambalpur, Boudh and Phulbani districts as it would submerge a large tract of land.

 This has also opened a very old issue with a potential for a long drawn-out agitation against the State Government having support cutting across party lines. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik won the Rairakhol byelection in 2003 by making an issue of it. Now, he has made a volte-face by allowing the project, former minister and senior Congress leader Narasingh Mishra said.

 The State BJP unit also adopted a resolution in its just-concluded State Executive against the proposed project.  Though the Sindol project has been in discussion for the last 20 years, in the recent past the matter was raised during the campaign for the Rairakhol Assembly byelection in 2003.  Naveen and other BJD leaders had then maintained that the project was not under consideration anymore.

 But soon after winning the bypoll, the State Government again started the process for setting up the project.  The then BJD MLA from Rairakhol Sanatan Bisi had opposed it and even written a letter to then Energy minister Surjya Narayan Patro. Sources said Patro had also assured that there was no proposal to go ahead with the project. Even no detailed project report has been prepared so far.   Along with Hirakud Dam, there was a proposal to build a dam at Tikarpada on theMahanadiand a barrage at Naraj to control flood.  However, Tikarpada dam would have submerged Sonepur and Boudh towns and hence it never saw the light of the day. The Naraj barrage was constructed.

 During the ‘80s, proposal for Manibhadra dam was floated. The State Government again tried to revive the Sindol project in the name of Hirakud Stage-III. But the proposal never took a concrete shape due to strong opposition from the locals.

 According to available estimates, the project is likely to submerge more than 118 villages, including 30,000 acres of fertile agriculture land, reserved forests and homestead land.

July 24, 2011 at 3:26 pm Leave a comment

Three more hydropower projects to come up in Sambalpur, Sonepur and Boudh districts

Following report is from

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government on Thursday signed an MoU with the NHPC for setting up three hydropower projects down Hirakud reservoir on the Mahanadi.

The next step would be setting up a joint venture company (JVC) between the Stateowned Orissa Hydro Power Corporation (OHPC) and NHPC for implementation of Sindol1 (100 MW), SindolII (100 MW) and SindolIII (120 MW) hydroelectric project in the first phase.

The three projects having installed capacity of 320 MW entail an investment of ` 2,600 cr with annual energy generation of 1,090 million units. ”The State’s hydro generation capacity is 2,142 MW which is very less compared to its hydro power potential. As hydro power is the cleanest form of renewable energy and also cheapest, we need to strive hard to harness as much hydro power to bring down the energy tariff,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said.

With least impact on environment and least inconvenience to public as compared to thermal power projects, the three hydel projects will be constructed within four to five years time, he added.

The projects under the JVC would be set up in Sambalpur, Sonepur and Boudh districts with zero displacement and no damage to the local ecology, said Minister of State for Energy Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak.

NHPC would have 51 per cent stake and OHPC 49 per cent. The State will get 12 per cent free power and one per cent of the cost of power generation is to be spent on periphery development activities, Nayak said. The MoU was signed by Energy Secretary G Mathivathanan, OHPC managing director Sahadev Khatua and NHPC’s CMD ABL Srivastav.

Even as the Government had taken several steps for establishment of many thermal power stations, the MoU with NHPC is significant as it would be Central PSU’s first hydropower generation project in the State, Finance Minister Prafulla Chandra Ghadei said.

The State Government had earlier signed MoUs with 29 private companies for setting up thermal power units with installed capacity of 38,000 MW. The OPGC and a joint venture company between OHPC and OMC are also planning to set up a thermal power plant, Chief Secretary BK Patnaik said.

July 23, 2011 at 9:35 am Leave a comment

Will industries suck Hirakud dry?; Report by expressbuzz

Following report is from

SAMBALPUR: Will Hirakud dam dry up? With a number of power plants coming up in the upstream along the Mahanadi river in Chhattisgarh, water wars between Orissa and Chhattisgarh may become a reality. The Orissa Government seems to be unmindful of the way the thermal power plants, which would be mainly depending on the Mahanadi river, are coming up. And if that happens, thousands of acres of land in Orissa will become barren throwing up a host of other problems.

Using Hirakud dam for controlling flood will become a thing of the past.If reports are to be believed, work on many thermal power plants is underway and many are in the pipeline in Raigarh, Jangjir and Champa districts in Chhattisgarh. Most of these plants in their project reports have made it clear that they would be drawing water from the Mahanadi river. And if these projects are approved, it will not take long when water will stop flowing into Hirakud dam reservoir, making it useless.

NTPC is coming up with a 4,000 MW thermal power plant, AES Chhattisgarh projects will set up 1,440 MW plant, Green Infrastructure (1,200 MW unit), Wardha Power Company (3,600 MW plant), Essar Power Chhattisgarh Limited, SKS Ispat and Power have proposals (1,200 MW plant each), Jindal India Thermal Power (1,320 MW), Visa Power (1,200 MW plant), Patni Power Project and Mahavir Global Coal (540 MW plant each). All these projects are located in villages across Raigarh district and are at various stages of commissioning. Similarly, DB Power and Videocon Industries has proposed to generate 1,320 MW thermal power while Ispat Industries, GMR Energies, Athena Chhattisgarh Power, Chambal Infrastructure Ventures and Jain Energy have proposal to produce 1,200 MW of thermal power each.

This apart, Bhusan Power and Steel proposes to generate 1,000 MW, Sona Power, Ind Barath, Suryachakra Power Corporation and Korba West Power Company have proposed to generate 600 MW thermal power each and BEC Power has submitted a proposal to produce 500 MW of thermal power.

November 28, 2010 at 6:09 pm Leave a comment

Power plants to come up at Thakurpur in Sonepur district, Manmunda in Boud district and Majhapada in Sundergarh district

Following report is from the

Orissa has continued its growth momentum as a favourite destination for investors attracting investments worth Rs 98,929.49 crore in the April-June period of this fiscal. The most of these new investment proposals are in sectors like power, steel, cement, food processing and downstream industries.

The single largest investment proposal of Rs 45,000 crore has come from Strategic Energy Technology Systems Pvt Ltd for a coal to liquid project at Angul on May 12, 2010.

The bulk of the investments- Rs 33,569.25 crore has been proposed in the power sector with proposals for setting up of Independent Power Plants (IPPs) with a cumulative capacity of 7740 MW.

Ferro Alloys Corporation (FACOR) Power Limited has proposed to set up a 270 MW (2×135) coal-based thermal power plant at Haridaspur in Jajpur district. Similarly, KU Projects intends to set up a 1320 MW (2×660) power plant a Thakurpur in Sonepur district at an investment of Rs 7260 crore. This project has been cleared by the High Level Clearance Authority (HLCA) of the state government.

Similarly, Shivani Thermal Power Station of Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) has proposed to set up a 1320 MW (2×660) power plant at Chhotapadagan in Cuttack district at a cost of Rs 7554.54 crore.

Visa Power has submitted a revised proposal to the state government owned Industrial Promotion and Investment Corporation of Orissa Ltd (Ipicol) to set up a 1320 MW (2×660) power plant at Brahmanabasta in Cuttack district, entailing an investment of Rs 6319.48 crore.

Shri Anant Infra Energy Pvt Limited has evinced interest to set up a 210 MW coal-based power plant at Garjan Bahal in Sundergarh district.

Responsive Industries Ltd has proposed to set up a 1320 MW (2×660) power plant at Manmunda in Boud district at a cost of Rs 6487.50 crore.

CLP Power India Pvt Ltd plans to set up a 1980 (3×660) MW power plant at Majhapada in Sundergarh district at a cost of Rs 10,000 crore.

Among the investment proposals in the cement sector, Kolkata-based Icore Super cement Ltd has proposed to set up a cement plant at Somnathpur in Balasore district at an investment of Rs 151 crore.

While Ramco Industries Limited has evinced interest to set up a 120,000 tonnes per annum asbestos fibre cement sheet plant at Jharsuguda at a cost of Rs 35 crore, Madras Cement intends to set up a 4000 tonne per day cement plant at Nandibera in Malkangiri district at a cost of Rs 750 crore.

Reliance Cementation Ltd has submitted proposal for a 2.8 million tonne per annum cement plant at Jallangbara in Sundergarh district at a cost of Rs 970 crore.

Similarly, Binani Cement plans to set up a one million tonne per annum clinker grinding unit at Dhamara in Bhadrak district at a cost of Rs 130 crore.

In the steel sector, Rashmi Metalliks Limited has proposed to set up a three million tonne per annum pelletisation plant and 44 m captive power plant at Baliarpur in Bhadrak district at an investment of Rs 3465 crore.

The Orissa Minerals Development Company Limited has evinced interest for a two million tonne per annum beneficiation and pelletisation plant at Dalki in Keonjhar district at a cost of Rs 889 .

September 23, 2010 at 4:51 pm 1 comment

Save Mahanadi water: Reports by The Samaj

Following are some reports about how to save the water of Mahanadi River. The editorial by Panchanan Kanungoo points out many valid points such as i) misutilization of water by industries, ii) water pollution, iii) insufficient water supply for agriculture and iv) steps required for judicious use of Mahanadi river. The other report writes about the mass-movement in Katak (Cuttack) to save the water of Mahanadi.

July 18, 2010 at 3:42 pm Leave a comment

Protest in Orissa over use of Mahanadi’s water by industries

Following is a report from The Sambad:

July 18, 2010 at 8:30 am Leave a comment

Pradhanpat waterfall of Deogarh

Following information is taken from

The Pradhanpat Falls is located at a distance of 100 Kilometers from Sambalpur and also at a reasonable distance from the city of Deogarh. The Pradhanpat Falls is a picturesque waterfall which is surrounded by some of the rarest scenic sights of nature which makes it one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Orissa.

With rolling hill and green woods creating the backdrop, the Pradhanpat Falls cascades down like a stream of colors. A treat for the eyes, the Pradhanpat Falls is one of the greatest treasures of nature. There are two guest houses near the Pradhanpat Falls, the Basanta Nivas and Lalita Basanta and they are the perfect places from where the beauty and charm of the Pradhanpat Falls can be enjoyed most intimately.

Following Pictures are taken from

A map of Deogarh district (Pradhanpat indicated as a red dot).

May 9, 2010 at 12:13 pm Leave a comment

RCDC introduced defluoridation technology in Raipali village, Balangir, Western Orissa

May 8, 2010 at 10:54 am Leave a comment

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