Indian Railways is poised to set up four bio-diesel plants at a cost of `120 crore, in potentially one of the biggest initiatives for the bio-fuel production in the country.

While two bio-diesel esterification plants are going to be commissioned at Raipur and Chennai during the next two years, the other two units will be set up subsequently, a senior railway ministry official said.

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Following recent warning by Chief Minister Raman Singh to polluting industries, the State Government has served closure notices to 15 steel making units based at Urla, Siltara and Borjhara industrial areas of Raipur, for allegedly violating pollution control norms.

For Rs 1.9 crore, three deep tubewells and a distribution network were set up in West Bengal's North 24 Parganas district. Six years on, these wells supply arsenic-laced water to 14000 villagers.

Unplanned industrialisation is its major undoing

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