In Chhattisgarh, NTPC has an installed thermal capacity of 2100 MW at Sipat, Bilaspur while CSEB's units have a thermal capacity of 1240 MW and hydel capacity of 130 MW. Apart from NTPC and CSEB, there are a number of private generation units of large and small capacity. The State Government has pursued a liberal policy with regard to captive generation which has resulted in a number of private players coming up.
As per a study made by the Power Finance Corporation Ltd New Delhi, the State has potential of 61,000 MW of additional thermal power in terms of availability of coal for more than 100 years and more than 2,500 MW hydral capacity. To tap this vast potential, substantial addition to the existing generation capacity is already under way.
Chhattisgarh is also rich in minerals. It produces 20 per cent of the country's steel and cement. Coal - 1st rank in production and reserve 3rd in Warehousing. Iron-ore - 3rd in Production. Tin - 1st rank in production (99pc) Iron-ore, limestone, dolomite, coal, bauxite are abundant. It is the only tin-ore producing State in the country. Other minerals include korandum, garnet, quartz, marble, Alexandrite and diamonds.
in the next three-five years, the Janjgir-Champa district which is based in the heart of Chhattisgarh, will become India's power-hub district as State Government has signed 34 separate deals with power companies to set up coal-fired plants.
If the deals were implemented, Janjgir-Champa will be the lone district of the country to generate over 40,000 MW power but these projects will eat up not less than 40,000 acres of country's best cultivated fertile land.
However, Chief Minister Raman Singh said, "State Government would try to make the maximum Government land available to these projects in a bid to spare prime private farm land."
"Can't understand the logic of allowing power companies to install projects on country's prime agriculture land, the decision to sign deals with 34 power producers will consume 40,000 acres land, this decision will destroy the happy life of thousands of rich farmers of
Janjgir-Champa,'' remarked Navneet Singh, a farmer of Nariyara village of the district, whose all four acre double-crop land was taken over recently by KSK Energy Ventures Ltd that is setting up a 3,600 mw power plant in the village.
About 150 villagers were cane-charged and arrested against alleged forcible land acquisition by the company and the farmers protest has now spilled over in other areas of the district against coming up thermal projects.