It was reported in November 2007, that the Ministry of Coal allotted M/s Adani Power Ltd. a block for open cast coal mining in Lohara, Chandrapur district of Maharashtra. The block is six kilometres from Chandrapur city and measures 1,750 ha. This vast area is a combination of 1,598.71 ha of Reserve Forest, 86.66 ha of government owned land and 64.63 ha of private land.

This article presents an interesting case study on how projects, even science based projects are being conceived without any regard to ecology.