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LUCKNOW: The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) on Friday demanded imposition of moratorium on new industrial or power projects in Sonbhadra district considering the alarming levels of mercur

District houses thermal power plants, coal mines, chemical factory

The Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh is precariously perched on the threshold of an environment disaster with a new study having found high levels of mercury in the environment as well as in the bodies of local residents. Sonbhadra, which is co-terminous to Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Bihar, is the second largest district in the State after Lakhimpur Kheri.

This report exposes the environmental damage and human rights violations against tribal and other forest dwellers in the forests of Singrauli in Madhya Pradesh, that are under threat from the Indian government’s massive coal expansion programme.

A study by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a New Delhi-based research and advocacy body, has found high levels of mercury in the environment as well as bodies of local people in Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh’s second largest district.

Influence of interplanted species on N and P resorption efficiencies of companion species was studied in mixed plantations of various species combinations raised for revegetation of coal mine spoil.

Mercury distribution in the environment has been a focus of scientific attention because of the potential health risks posed by mercury exposure.