Iconic skylines are a trademark of cities around the world – a row of skyscrapers in New York, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the London Eye in London. But imagine a city with a skyline of thermal power plant chimneys spewing smoke? Welcome to Korba.
In Korba, no matter which direction one looks, a thermal power plant adorns the skyline. And their all-round impact is visible everywhere – blackened trees and leaves, piles of ash on the roadside and black smoke hitting the face.
Popularly known as the power hub/power capital of Chhattisgarh, Korba is a major mining, power and industrial centre and is less than 250 km away from the state’s capital city, Raipur. But as one approaches Korba, the road for the last 50 km comprises of only potholes.