Articles (Water & Coal)

This section contains various Articles by Manthan’s team members under the Water and Coal theme.




Life In Grey-Scale: What Life Is Like When You’re Sandwiched Between Two Coal Plants

The people and environment of Varegaon village in eastern Maharashtra have borne the brunt of coal based power generation for over two decades now. This article explores how the proposed expansion of Koradi Thermal Power Plant stands to exacerbate existing problems and make matters worse.

Article published on 28th August 2019

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Ceaseless coal mining turns future black for Gonds in Chhattisgarh

Coal mining in Chhattisgarh’s Hasdeo Arand forest leaves adivasi communities displaced and fragile ecosystems at risk. Parsa coal block, latest to get clearance from the centre adds to the pressure on the people and forest of Hasdeo.

Article Published on 2nd May 2019

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Regulations delayed are regulations denied

Efforts to rein in massive emissions of pollutants, and to reduce volumes of water consumed by coal-based thermal power plants have been thwarted by endless delays in implementing the regulations that were to take effect last year. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article Published on 1st Oct 2018.

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Setting Environmental Standards Comparing Processes in Thermal Power Plants in India, US, and EU

This paper analyses the process by which the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, sets new regulations or revises existing ones and compares the Indian processes with those in the United States and the European Union. The processes examined include regulations related to coal-fired thermal power plants and water. The Indian process is ad hoc, opaque, and has limited scope for public participation. This can lead to inappropriate standards, lack of legitimacy of standards, and absence of widespread acceptance, all leading to ineffective implementation. The paper discusses these critical deficiencies and suggests improvements. Paper by Shripad Dharmadhikary in Economic and Political Weekly.

Article Published 13th May 2017,

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Using Treated Sewage in Thermal Power Plants: Diverting Resources From Agriculture to Industry?Pumps-Lifting-Sewage-for-irrigating-fields-from-Solapur-Sewage-drain-

Given the increasing competition for water for different uses like agriculture and domestic supply, it is clear that such problems are likely to increase in the future. Shripad Dharmadhikary, Jinda Sandbhor and Ahmad Shaikh reports in The Wire.

Article Published on 9th June 2016.

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Water guzzlers in water-stressed areas

Water_drawal_canal_of_a_coal_thermal_power_plantAs the summer has progressed, stories of the impacts of drought and water scarcity have been coming up with a saddening regularity. These stories mostly highlight the conditions of farmers, cattle and increasingly, problems of domestic water supplies in villages, towns and cities. However, what is often not reported is the situation with industries, particularly the coal based thermal power plants. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article Published on 6th June 2016.

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New regulations welcome, but the proof will be in the eatingDSC08005

For the first time ever, new regulations from the environment ministry require coal-based thermal power plants to stick to legally binding limits for water consumption. This article examines the implications of these rules with respect to the water consumption limits of coal based power plants. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, Published on 12 April 2016.

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Too many questions? Take away the right to ask!Parsa_Coal_Mines

The Chhattisgarh government has nullified the community rights of a section of villagers under the Forest Rights Act, as it was being used by them to oppose mining in the region. But why are the local people up against mining? Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, published 28 Feb 2016.

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Coal-related pollution chokes mining towns in JharkhandWashery_1

The Dhanbad and Jharia regions in Jharkhand, noted for rampant coal mining and related operations, face grave environmental issues due to dumping of pollutant by-products from coal washeries. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, published 29 April 2015.

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Coal energy and pollution: Can communities fight the threat?Coal_mine_dust

A recent workshop in Karnataka focused on the health impact of coal-based power plants and other industrial pollutants and shared valuable inputs on how to empower local communities to combat the same. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, published 16 March, 2015

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Breaking the myth behind Coastal Thermal Power PlantsAsh_Dumped_in_the_Buckingham_Canal

It is often believed that coal-based power plants near the coast, by virtue of their proximity to the sea, do not create any pressure on water resources. Shripad Dharmadhikary’s visit to Krishnapattanam in Andhra Pradesh and parts of Tamil Nadu exposes the fallacy in that.        Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, published 28th July 2014

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Ash everywhere; in your food and water, too?517

Fly ash, the residue from coal used in thermal power plants, is not only a headache for plant operators; its use in agriculture and other sectors violates environmental sanctity and poses a serious risk to human health. Shripad Dharmadhikary studies a new CEA report to bring us more.Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, published 14 April 2014

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Powerful forces get water for powerenv-barrage

The construction of barrages to meet the water needs of thermal power plants in western Chattisgarh shows that irregularities involved in the allocation of this resource may be as large as the ones in coal allocation itself. Shripad Dharmadhikary reports in India Together.

Article, published 5 Des 2013

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