The 1,980-MW thermal coal power project, which has been planned at Dhopave village in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, is facing serious opposition from local villagers.

For the last five days, the villagers are not allowing officials from the State Revenue Department to undertake a survey of 500 hectares at Dhopave and the two surrounding villages.

Villagers fear that the hot water and coal ash, which would be spewed by the power plant, will destroy their fragile local ecosystem.

The plant is being developed by Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Ltd (Mahagenco).

After land acquisition, Mahagenco will call for bids and handover the plant site to a private company. The company will build, own and operate the plant.