Compensatory afforestation is a dubious and controversial environmental “offset” that is adding to environmental damage instead of mitigating or compensating it. Compensatory afforestation may actually be accelerating the invasion of India’s forests by big corporations, in collusion with a permissive state, by legitimising the destruction of forests, greenwashing the land grabs, and encroaching on common property resources and community-held lands.

Durgapur: Scientists at a Durgapur-based research institute have developed a 'solar tree' made out of photovoltaic panels at a cost of Rs 3 lakh each.

KOLKATA: The National Green Tribunal (NGT), Eastern zone bench, on Thursday, wanted to know from state authorities why a decision was taken to chop down over 8,000 full grown trees on a green verge

The state Assembly’s Standing Committee on Forest & Environment, while inspecting the secondary steel units in and around Durgapur, caught one unit flouting the West Bengal Pollution Control Bo

Amid West Bengal government's repeated appeal to lift moratorium on environment clearance in highly-polluting industrial regions of Haldia and Asansol, a top Environment ministry official on Tuesday said the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) would take a decision on the same after evaluating the ongoing study in the region.

“The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has hired an independent agency to conduct a fresh study on all regions like Haldia and Durgapur where moratorium was imposed. The report is expected to come on March 15.

The Indian Oil Corporation’s R910-crore LPG pipeline project has hit a 20-acre sticky patch in Haldia. The land is crucial since the oil major has planned a pumping station on it which would enable gas flow through a 300-km-long pipeline from Haldia to Durgapur and right up to Kalyani.

An IOC official said the entire length of the pipeline from Paradip in Orissa to Haldia and then to Kalyani in West Bengal is 710 km. There is no problem of land for the entire stretch but only 20 acres has become detrimental to the project.

Minister for Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan has rejected the steel ministry's charge that her department was delaying mining clearances that could potentially lead to law and order issu

SAIL unit, Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP), recorded a five per cent steel output growth in the first half of 2012-13 against the first-half production of the previous year.

Durgapur Steel Plant, a unit of SAIL, on Wednesday met a number of downstream coal chemical (tar and benzol products) users in an interactive session.

Durgapur Steel Plant of SAIL achieved record August performance since its inception in all important product categories.

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