Manthan Adhyayan Kendra

Manthan Adhyayan Kendra is a centre set up to research, analyse and monitor water and energy issues from the perspective of just, equitable and sustainable development. Manthan was set up in 2001 at Badwani (M.P.) The activities of Manthan. including analysis and advocacy are now being run from two locations, Badwani and Pune.

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Fly Ash Disposal in Mine Voids and Low-Lying Areas: Report of a Field Visit to Bokaro (Jharkhand)

The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change issued an Office Memorandum (OM) on 28th August 2019, permitting – and promoting – the use of fly ash in the filling of abandoned mine voids, in low-lying area reclamation, and as a soil conditioner in agriculture. Along with the OM, new guidelines have also been issued by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) which are to be followed when dumping fly ash in mine voids/low-lying areas. As part of ongoing research on the potential social and environmental impacts of such modes of fly ash utilisation, a team from Manthan Adhyayan Kendra visited some abandoned mine voids and low-lying areas in Bokaro, Jharkhand. This note presents the findings of the field visit, along with a preliminary analysis.

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POLLUTED POWER : How Koradi & Khaperkheda Thermal Power Stations are Impacting the Environment


The Koradi & Khaparkheda thermal power plants (TPPs), located near Nagpur city, have long been a source of concern for locals due to the significant pollution they produce. Manthan Adhyayan Kendra, in collaboration with Asar Social Impact Advisors & Centre for Sustainable Development, conducted a study in the area near these TPPs to investigate the impact of these installations on the region’s air, land, & water resources. Our assessment of the entire area surrounding Koradi and Khaparkheda TPPs reveals that pollution is pervasive and unrestrained, contaminating air, surface, groundwater, and soil.

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Short documentary on the issue, Watch Here