Clearing forests for coal

Maharashtra coal mining EIA dumps people, wildlife

COAL mining is set to replace 3,350 hectares (ha), and perhaps more, of reserve forests in Chandrapur district, Maharashtra. This will affect people who are dependent on such forests for everyday needs like firewood. The Centre has given mining leases to three companies, of which Adani Enterprises has got 1,600 ha for its opencast mining project in western Lohara village.
Adani recently submitted an environmental impact assessment (eia) report for its 140-million-tonne project and is obtaining other clearances. Two local non-profits working on environment and wildlife examined the eia and alleged that it did not include the project