The currently planned expansion of thermal power generation capacity works out to 1.3 times the existing generation capacity. The geographic distribution of this expansion is highly uneven, showing clustering in certain coal-mining states, and further within districts and regions. By backing independent power producers through comprehensive memoranda of understanding, state governments have forsaken the communities that will bear the environmental, health and livelihood impact of these thermal clusters.

The Patna High Court has directed the Centre to set up a tribunal for the settlement of the Sone river water dispute between Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, especially, on the question of water sharing fr

Loss of livelihood and displacement has become a recurring feature for the people of Singrauli, on the border of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, due to the construction of dams and power and mining projects over the last five decades. These communities are again in the process of being displaced with private players setting up five super thermal power and three mining projects in the area.

The Singrauli region, in central India, is a nerve centre for thermal power and is called the

The study is carried out in the vicinity of Rihand Dam to analyse the socio-economic condition and status of welfare schemes for the displaced people. In this paper an attempt has been made to highlight the role of major development projects and their impact on the social well-being of people and society at the local level.

The Singrauli region, which produces 10% of India's electric power, has experienced rapid industrialization and urbanization over the last 30 years. Along with this growth has come environmental degradation in terms of coal cycle and industrial pollution, displacement of populations, housing and occupational hazards, related health effects, and land degradation.