CSE analyses: EIA report of thermal power project, Bhadreshwar, Kutch, Gujarat
This is a technical analysis by CSE of the rapid EIA report for the 3,300-MW coal-based super-critical thermal power plant proposed by KPGL
The Kutch Power Generation Limited. is planning to set up a thermal power plant at village Bhadreswar Taluka- Mundra, District- Kutch, Gujarat. This report is a technical evaluation of the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) document submitted by Kutch Power Generation Limited as part of the clearance process for 5X660 MW Coal Based Thermal Power Plant. The EIA has been conducted by the Ghaziabad -based consultant, GIS Enabled Environment and Neographic Centre (GreenC). The study area for the EIA study is 10-km radius. According to the EIA report (PDF), the nearby area of the project site is under development by the Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone (MPSEZ) along with Port and other upcoming Industries. The EIA report failed to provide information on types of other upcoming projects, size, their characteristic and distance from the project site. This is important to assess industrial stress and their subsequent impact on the local environment.
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi is going to organise a hands-on three-day training programme aimed at giving practical exposure to participants on EIA with specific reference to wind power projects.
The objective of this programme is to enable stakeholders to understand the likely impacts of the project and allows them to make sound decisions during various stages of project development.
It goes unsaid that in order to improve environmental governance, the roles of efficient and worthy Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) along with an equitable growth through proper Social Impact Assessment (SIA) are indispensable. They are not merely tools to assess possible impacts and suggest mitigation for the environmental and social issues, but processes, which if done well, can yield unexpectedly positive results in the form of sustainable and equitable growth.