Utilising Thar coal for power
THE vested interests, in particular those associated with the oil industry, would go to any extent to foil any ventures which would affect the need and demand for oil.
There is no dearth of politicians or technocrats who could be made to write reports condemning or questioning the feasibility of such ventures.
The same applies to the development of gasification of the Thar coalfields which could produce power for about seven US cents per unit, and relieve the nation of its dependency on oil to a great extent.
This project has been on the cards for the last few decades, but not allowed to materialise.