Singrauli, The Coal Curse: a fact finding report on the impact of coal mining on the people and the environment of Singrauli

Singrauli, India © Nicole Ghio/Sierra Club

Singrauli, India © Nicole Ghio/Sierra Club

Greenpeace India 2011.

India is now the second fastest growing economy in the world, and its hunger for energy to power this growth is enormous. The 12th Plan period, which runs from 2012 to 2017, sets a national target of 100,000 MW installed generating capacity. This is double the target of the 11th Plan and aims to add as much energy in five years as the country has since independence. Coal is seen as the mainstay of this energy juggernaut, which has grave social and environmental consequences for the country. This report is the result of a fact finding mission to Singrauli – the energy capital of India and home to tribal communities, forest dwellers and some of the most threatened forests remaining in Central India.

Read the full report here