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Environmental Scenario in India by Debashis Chakraborty, Sacchidananda Mukherjee

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7  Environmental impacts (costs) of hydropower generation in India

Bimlesh Kumar and Achanta Ramakrishna Rao

Introduction

For a developing country like India, energy is the fundamental input for economic growth. The current target of economic growth is 10 per cent and energy demand in various sectors such as agriculture, industry, transport, commercial and domestic is rising rapidly. Electricity is perhaps the most vital form of energy input required for infrastructural development of India's agriculture and industry, and it also plays a critical role in socio-economic development. The total installed capacity of power generation through various sources (as at February 2010) is about 156.09 Gw (Government of India, Ministry of Power). The thermal ...

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