Bad news for those who love nature, tigers and believe in sustainable development: Sundarban - world's largest delta, a UNESCO world heritage site and home to the Royal Bengal Tigers - has just chosen thermal power over renewable energy.
Early this month, Manish Gupta, the power minister of West Bengal - the state where Sundarban is - inaugurated the supply of grid power. Later, the minister said that this is 'just the beginning', that the government had decided to extend grid energy throughout Sunderban.
And this is happening when Rio 20+ or the Earth Summit - where the world is gearing up to adopt green economy and sustainable development - is just a few weeks away.
I am finding the news too hard to digest. And I have reasons: for nearly a decade, Sundarban has been seen and talked about as the biggest hub of solar energy in India. Way back, in 2001, the delta became famous for having India's largest solar power station that provided electricity to 400 houses. Around that time, the government actually announced that grid power would not be extended to Sundarban.