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.
The minerals sector is a key driver for the country’s industrial growth. However, it has brought in its wake severe environmental repercussions and social conflicts. One of the greatest challenges, therefore, is how to make mining environmentally and socially acceptable. Unfortunately, most EIA/SIA reports either overlook or poorly interpret the critical issues related to a mining project.