Order of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Legal Aid Services-West Bengal Vs Union of India & Others dated 13/12/2017 regarding pollution caused by Mejia Thermal Power Station, Bankura, West Bengal. The Enquiry Report substantiates environmental degradation both in terms of air and water pollution and therefore the Court directs the power plant to show cause before the next date (31/01/2018) as to why the plant shall not be ordered to be shut down for not having followed the pollution norms.

MEJIA, 7 OCT: At a time when the country is gasping for power, the Damodar Valley Corporation’s Mejia Thermal Power Station (MTPS) has set a new record for generation.

BANKURA: Power generation at the Mejia Thermal Power Station (MTPS) may be hampered following disruption in ash evacuation by the villagers who have stopped transportation of ash from the ash ponds since yesterday alleging environmental pollution. Villagers have demanded immediate rehabilitation before evacuation of ash.

The land-losers who had sacrificed their cultivation quarters to help installation of DVC's Mejia Thermal Power Station in Bankura blocked the coal consignments and entrance of the power utility causing severe inconvenience to its expansion work for 12 hours today. They demanded absorption against land acquisition. The stir was withdrawn only after the Bankura district administration assured one to one conciliation meeting on 27 May.

India's 36 per cent thermal power stations are facing acute fuel problem and are operating on coal stocks of less than a week, coinciding with approaching summer.