Effect of Coal Based Power Plant on Betel Cultivation
Industry and agriculture are the two pillars of a society. The development of industry has both positive and negative impact on societal growth. Generally the nature of impacts of industry depends on nature of the industry and its by product, characteristic of the site of production etc. Coal based power plant is considered as one of the worst pollution causing industry in the world. It releases solid, liquid and gaseous elements which damage the local agricultural resources, if proper management system is not followed. Kolaghat Thermal Power Plant (Purba Medinipur, India) is such an industry which has lead to the economic and commercial development of Haldia , Kolkata located at a distance of 60-70 kilometer from the centre of generation but at the same time an important cash crop of this area, Betel (Piper betel L’) has been affected much.