POWER

Adani power plant and coal plans threatened by land owner court action

Cranes and a giant steel skeleton stand behind the home of Chinta Mani Shah, a retired schoolteacher from Motia village outside of Godda in the state of Jharkhand, north-eastern India.

“My intent was to build an ashram here,” he says.

“My vision was to be of some benefit to the local farmers by combining the best of modern and scientific ways of farming.

“Then the Adani company came,” he adds, gesturing to the structure being built behind him.

The structure arising behind his land is a thermal coal-fired power plant owned by Adani Power Limited, which has a contract to supply electricity to neighbouring Bangladesh.

It is more than 8,000 kilometres from Godda to the Galilee Basin in Queensland.

Yet the two districts are entwined: coal from Adani’s Carmichael mine, currently being built in Australia’s last untapped coal region, is expected to supply fuel for the power plant at Godda.

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