Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Tourism policy ?? - Coal-based Thermal Power Station at Hankon, Karwar

POWER At what cost ? Residents of Hankona, a sleepy village near Karwar, are up in arms against a proposed power plant in the region. The locals allege that the company behind the proposed thermal power plant bought land from them in the guise of setting up a resort.

The Kali which flows here has created an evergreen thick forest cover. Except for a bridge that was recently built by the government, the village is entirely cut off from the outside world.

The people of this island-like village had however sold their land a few years ago to a Delhi-based company which had paid them double the asking rate, saying that a five star resort and a pharmaceutical industry would come up on the land.

The farmers who sold their land without second thoughts are now wringing their hands in dismay. The company has begun felling the trees on the land it bought. Word is that a thermal power plant (what is...) will come up on the island. The Project is also cleared by the Govt.

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Meanwhile, take a look at this :-
Orissa inks MoUs for 10 thermal power plants will be set up with an investment of Rs 45,000 crore to produce 10,920 MW power...
Reconsider thermal unit at Chamalapura: KERC Blaming the State government undertaking Power Company of Karnataka Limited (PCKL) for the controversy surrounding the setting up of a 1,000 MW coal based thermal power plant at Chamalapura in Mysore district, the Karnataka Electricity Regulatory Commission (KERC) has advised the government to take a fresh look at the decision.
Raichur in Karnataka, India has a coal-based thermal power generating station..
It is reported here that High levels of mercury in fish stocks have been found, mainly in coastal areas. Mumbai, Kolkata, Karwar (in Karnataka) and North Koel (in Bihar) are some of the severely affected areas.
* In Mumbai, mercury levels in fish were 0.03-0.82 mg total Hg/kg dry weight (dw); crabs had 1.42-4.94 mg total Hg/kg dw mercury compared to the permissible limit of 0.5 mg/kg.Mercury levels in oysters in Karwar ranged from 0.18-0.54 mg/kg dw.The North Koel river showed mercury concentrations almost 600-700 times above the limits.Mercury in ground water and surface water was detected from across the country: Delhi, Mumbai, Vadodara, Vapi, Ankleshwar, Bhopal, Panipat, Singhrauli, Ganjam, Dhanbad, Durgapur, Howrah, Medak… the list stretched on endlessly.Levels higher than the permissible limits were found near chlor-alkali, cement and chemical units and thermal power plants

Please take a look at this and sign it...Campaign against Coal Based / Fired Thermal Power Plant Projects in India
Greenpeace points to the problem: Thermal Power Plants lead to Climate Chaos
This is the best alternative for a Coal-based Thermal plant - Solar Thermal Electric Power Plants

Solar energy can meet at least 32.5% of the present electricity demand of Karwar and Uttara Kannada.

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