Chinese and Japanese investors have lost interest in funding coal projects due to high costs. That has pushed the country toward natural gas, but it will do little to solve the problems posed by coal.
Erroneous environmental and economic development measures in Halda valley have put the river and its rich biodiversity at stake.
The measures include faulty site selection to protect river banks, rubber dams to increase crop production and industrial effluent discharge.
Apparently, the local people are happy with the development activities as some of them have got job here as laborers. But the overall situation is not so simple.
The government is providing solar power systems as welfare payment in job schemes for the poor
And a solar pump provides clean drinking water to schoolchildren, in an area plagued by arsenic in groundwater