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Raj West Power Ltd in Barmer, RJ, India


In 2007, Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals Ltd (RSSML) has signed agreement with Raj West Power Limited (a wholly owned subsidiary of JSW Energy) for setting up a power plant in Barmer district of Rajasthan. The proposed plant was conceptualized as a joint venture project between RSSML and Raj West Power limited.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Raj West Power Ltd in Barmer, RJ, India
State or province:Rajasthan
Location of conflict:Village- Bhadresh, Kapoordi; District- Barmer
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:Coal
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Raj WestPower Limited (RWPL)’s Barmer plant is located in the Thar Desert of Rajasthan. The plant has a capacity to produce 1,080MW (8X 135MW) of power. The plant use low quality lignite coal as fuel source, sourced from neighboring Jalipa and Kapurdi villages. The Barmer plant is based on the CFBC technology. Using this technology the plant can use low quality lignite coal which also has high sulphur and moisture levels as fuel source. Lignite is supplied by Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals Ltd (RWPL) from their captive mine at Kapurdi in Barmer. RWPL has a power purchase agreement with the Government of Rajasthan [3].

Project area:8,000
Level of Investment:$821,962,822 (Rs. 5,000 Crore)
Type of populationRural
Affected Population:40,000-50,000
Start of the conflict:2007
Company names or state enterprises:JSW Energy Limited (JSWEL) from India
Raj WestPower Limited (RWPL) from India - Owner
Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals Limited (RSSML) from India - Joint Venture Partner
Relevant government actors:Government of Rajasthan
Rajasthan High Court
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:Gram Sewa Sahakari Samiti
Sangarsh Samiti
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityMEDIUM (street protests, visible mobilization)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Local ejos
Landless peasants
Social movements
Forms of mobilization:Blockades
Development of a network/collective action
Lawsuits, court cases, judicial activism
Official complaint letters and petitions
Public campaigns
Street protest/marches
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Large-scale disturbance of hydro and geological systems
Potential: Air pollution, Loss of landscape/aesthetic degradation, Groundwater pollution or depletion
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Displacement, Land dispossession
Potential: Loss of livelihood, Loss of landscape/sense of place
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Compensation
Strengthening of participation
Under negotiation
Development of alternatives:Their demands include higher compensation rate, rehabilitation and resettlement of the displaced families, compensation for houses and trees and employment to local youth [4].
According to the website "Indian Environmental Portal", "Farmers in Rohili ki dhani, Lakhitali, Ishwarpura and Botiya villages say the government is offering them a Rs 142,000 per ha when the market value is four times this. Asked about the right price, Bhire Ram of Bhadres villages said, "There is no question of the right price. We cannot contemplate selling our land. What use is a farmer without his land?'"
Farmers do not want to give away their lands.
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:No
Briefly explain:According to the farmers of the affected villages, they were getting inadequate level of compensation. They alleged that government had offered them very low rate of compensation which is about one fourth of the market rate at that time. However, they are not willing to sell their land with any amount of compensation rate. Also, the farmers of the affected villages believed that the project might not needed 8,000 hectare. They sensed conspiracy of land grabbing. The company may use the acquired land for real estate business or even sell the land at profit to other industries [2]
Sources & Materials
Related laws and legislations - Juridical texts related to the conflict

Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013
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The Rajasthan Tenancy (Amendment) Bill, 2010
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References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries

"Global Coal Risk Assessment", World Resources Institute, Ailun Yang, Yiyun Cui, Miao Pan
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Links to general newspaper articles, blogs or other websites

[1] Raj West Power in deal to set up power project in Barmer
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[2] Barmer farmers protest Jindal power project
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[3] Barmer plant
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[4] Villagers oppose Jindal's thermal power plant at Barmer district
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[5] Barmer farmers protest Jindal power project
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Sourcewatch: JSW Barmer (Jalipa Kapurdi) power station
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Contributor:Swapan Kumar Patra
Last update05/02/2015
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