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Meja thermal power plant, UP, India


The proposed site for Meja TPP is locate at about 45 kms away from Allahabad city. It is a 1320 megawatt thermal power plant will be at Meja tehsil. The villages which are affected by the power plant, located around 50 kilometres from district headquarters, include Patai, Mai Khurd, Laltara, Salaiya Khurd, Salaiyan Kalan and Jhadiyahi Sirhir. The proposed plant was conceptualized in 2008. Meja Urja Nigam Private Limited (MUNPL) is a joint venture of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and Uttar Pradesh Rajkiya Vidhut Nigam Limited (UPRVNL) [1].

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Meja thermal power plant, UP, India
State or province:Uttar Pradesh
Location of conflict:Village- Meja, District-Allahabad
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Land acquisition conflicts
Thermal power plants
Specific commodities:Land
Project Details and Actors
Project details

The project is proposed for Meja village in Allahabad district, Uttar Pradesh. It is a joint venture project of NTPC and Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited (UPRVUNL). In February 2012, the company announced that it had reached final closure for the project. A loan agreement for Rs. 7,575 crore was signed on June 06, 2012 with consortium of sixteen Banks led by State Bank of India and syndicated by SBI Capital Markets Ltd. According to the Central Electricity Authority, the project will be completed in 2016 [2, 3].

Project area:145.687
Level of Investment:1,267,104,771
Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:2008
Company names or state enterprises:National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) from India
Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited (UPRVUNL) from India
Meja Urja Nigam Private Limited (MUNPL) from India
Relevant government actors:Central Electricity Authority
International and Finance InstitutionsState Bank of India from India
SBI Capital Markets Ltd from India
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Visthapit Virodhi Sanghrash Samiti, All India Kisan Mazdoor Sabha
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stageIn REACTION to the implementation (during construction or operation)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Informal workers
Local ejos
Landless peasants
Local government/political parties
Social movements
Forms of mobilization:Blockades
Objections to the EIA
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Property damage/arson
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Air pollution, Food insecurity (crop damage), Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Noise pollution, Deforestation and loss of vegetation cover, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems, Reduced ecological / hydrological connectivity, Other Environmental impacts
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Violations of human rights, Land dispossession
Potential: Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusUnder construction
Conflict outcome / response:Compensation
Strengthening of participation
Under negotiation
Development of alternatives:The farmers were paid the compensation of Rs 90,000 per bigha (about 0.25 Hectare). Whereas the farmers say that it is far less then the market rate or even the circle rate. They are demanding compensation at the rate of Rs 25 to 30 lakhs per bigha [1].
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:Opponents to the project said that the power plant had displaced many and the affected farmers. During protests, police have used force against people who were raising the legitimate demands including enhancement of compensation, construction of houses for the displaced farmers, giving them jobs etc.
Sources & Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

New Land Acquisition Policy of Uttar Pradesh (English)
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References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries



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Environmental Impact Assessment Report : Meja Thermal Power Project (2x660 Mega Watt) Allahabad
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Geological survey
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

[2] Meja Thermal Power Project
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[3] NTPC Business Development
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[1] Farmers, police clash at Meja thermal power plant
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[4] NTPC, UP Electricity to set up 1,320MW plant in Allahabad
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Contributor:Swapan Kumar Patra
Last update03/05/2014
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