Alarming Mercury contamination in Singrauli
A recent study found alarming level of mercury contamination in the coal hub of Sonbhadra in Singrauli (Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh border). Mercury was detected in the hair and nails of villagers. Over 900 villagers submitted their concerns. The green court (NGT) has ordered a temporary ban on further expansion in the region.
Over 249 villages have been declared affected by pollution. The region generates 15% of India’s energy needs everyday.