Fortnightly Column

CATEGORY : Mining & DMF

  • India is too poor to afford coal as a primary source of energy in the near future

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Times of India

    Chandra Bhushan

    As part of the stimulus package to revive the economy, the Union government has announced a slew of measures to boost production and reduce imports of coal. It has liberalised the sector, curtailed the monopoly of Coal India Limited (CIL), and has announced an investment of Rs 50,000 crore for [...]

  • Meghalaya’s mining quandary: No rat-hole mine is environmentally sound and safe, ban it forever

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Financial Express

    Chandra Bhushan

    There is no such thing as environmentally sound and safe rat-hole coal mining and hence this primitive practice must be banned forever.

  • Moving beyond coal for green power: How to create an alternative economy using DMF funds in coal min

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Financial Express

    Chandra Bhushan

    The existing overcapacity, coupled with increasing non-competitiveness of coal power plants, means that the country doesn’t need to construct new coal power plants till 2027.

  • Failing the mining-affected – How poor planning and implementation are leading to misplaced investme

    PUBLISHED IN:
    Financial Express

    Chandra Bhushan

    DMF funds are being diverted for urban projects that have nothing to do with the priorities of mining-affected areas and communities.