Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Toxic-Fly-Ash-in-Water-in-Maharashtra-27MZIF3O4309.htmlConceptually similarToxic Fly Ash in Water in MaharashtraGP0STO9U2Completed★★★★Toxic Fly Ash in Water in MaharastraGP0STO9UFCompleted★★★★Toxic Fly Ash in Water in MaharastraGP0STO9UGCompleted★★★★Toxic Fly Ash in Water in MaharashtraGP0STO9TZCompleted★★★★Toxic Fly Ash in Water in MaharashtraGP0STO9U0Completed★★★★Toxic Fly Ash in Water in MaharashtraGP0STO9U1Completed★★★★Toxic Fly Ash in Water in MaharashtraGP0STO9U4Completed★★★★Toxic Fly Ash in Water in MaharashtraGP0STO9U5Completed★★★★Toxic Fly Ash in Water in MaharashtraGP0STO9UJCompleted★★★★★★View AllGP0STO9U3Toxic Fly Ash in Water in MaharashtraVillagers and children, often below 18 years of age, skim through the fly ash laden water to collect cenosphere, a lightweight byproduct of coal. This pond in the outskirts of Vilhale Village is not a designated ash dumping site of the state owned Bhusawal thermal power station (1420 MW). Yet ash from the nearby ash pond contaminates this water source which is used by the villagers for domestic purposes. On contract with private companies that deal in these ceramic particles, the villagers work for hours at a stretch to collect sacks full of cenosphere. More than 80,000 MW of coal-based power plants are being proposed in the state of Maharashtra. This can lead to large scale pollution of water resources as well as water scarcity in the rivers and reservoirs of the state.Locations:Asia-India-MaharashtraDate:28 Feb, 2014Credit:© Zishaan Latif / GreenpeaceMaximum size:3000px X 2000pxKeywords:Asian and Indian ethnicities-Boys-Chemicals-Children-Climate (campaign title)-Coal-Day-KWCI (GPI)-Land pollution-Local population-One person-Outdoors-Pollution-River pollution-Rivers-Toxic waste-Toxics (campaign title)-Victims-Water-Water pollutionShoot:Water Pollution in MaharashtraChandrapur district in Maharashtra is already listed as one of the critically polluted areas by the Government of India. Excessive pollution from the power plant, the mines of Western Coalfields Limited and the numerous metallurgy related industries in the district are seen as the primary reason for such pollution. Apart from polluting the water, air and the land in the region, the Chandrapur super thermal power plant (2340 MW) also faces water shortages nearly every summer and competes with the residential needs of the district's population. Bhusawal power plant (1420MW), is located in the Bhusawal taluka of Jalgaon district in North Maharashtra. Although not as bad as Chandrapur, it does contribute to the increased pollution in the district. Stories of declining fisheries in the Tapi River over the last 2 decades and air bound ash affecting well known Banana farms of Jalgaon district are very common. Despite all these problems linked to coal mining and coal based power generation, there are about 80,000 MW of coal-based power plants are being proposed in the state of Maharashtra. This can lead to large scale pollution of water resources as well as water scarcity in the rivers and reservoirs of the state in the near future. Additional information: Formed out of coal combustion at thermal power plants, cenosphere is an inert, fine substance containing silica and alumina and filled with air or inert gas. Low in density (about 0.4–0.8 g/cm³), and tough, waterproof, and insulative in nature, cenosphere is used as fillers in cement, metals and polymers and even in paints.