Coal quandary

Coal quandary

In a sweeping pronouncement, the Supreme Court has termed all the 218 coal blocks allocated since 1993 illegal. This has raised a fundamental question: how to allocate high-value natural resources in a fair and transparent manner? An analysis by Anupam Chakravartty and Srestha Banerjee

Life after coalgate

Life after coalgate

As the apex court cancels 214 illegal coal blocks, people fighting against mining rejoice. But they are uncertain about the land already taken, as the verdict is silent on their rehabilitation. Anupam Chakravartty travels to Chhattisgarh to explore the impact of the verdict

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  • Great Article. Dr.A.Jagadeesh

    Great Article.
    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP)

    Posted by: Anonymous | 4 years ago | Reply
  • Rating the Reliance Dhanu

    Rating the Reliance Dhanu Plant in the top five for green rating is something which is astonishing.

    First: Its the same plant which has diverted the fresh water from Surya Canal to meet its guzzling water demand, the canal which was meant to cater the irrigation needs of the 60% tribals.

    Second: The story does not end here, its the same plant which has flouted the Supreme Court judgments and is yet to shift to FGD and Gas.

    Third: Its has already covered more then 300 Hectares of land and creeks to dump its fly ash and proposed for more then 300 hectares of land from the state government, are they going to make port of their own or wot ?.

    Fourth: The creeks which were breeding grounds of certain fish species and dumping of fly ash had a considerable loss to the livelihood of fishermen and same is the case for the horticulture production loss of more then 75%.

    Within plant boundaries they may have achieved significant resource efficiency but beyond its boundaries they have considerable ecological footprint damage beyond rating parameters.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 4 years ago | Reply
  • Kudos to CSE for conducting

    Kudos to CSE for conducting this comprehensive study! Thanks to the authors for sharing the findings through this very well-written Report.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 3 years ago | Reply
  • Coal quality can definitely be improved by selective mining and better beneficiation before charging to plant. Moreover upgradation to supercritical technology will also reduce pollution. All said and done, the most important aspect of its generation of Green House Gas (GHG) causing global warming should be discussed with data collected from different power plants.It is high time that Power Companies should be asked to start sequestration of mainly CO2 gasses collecting from the point source of the power plant. The cost of generation of thermal power should incorporate environmental damage cost. I am sure that most environmental friendly solar power will be cheaper in the long run.

    Posted by: Swapan Kumar Mukhopadhyay | 2 years ago | Reply
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