Which construction projects are safe to build and which are unsafe?

By now you’ve probably seen some news reports on the safety of construction projects, from an ongoing investigation into a fire at the Ganges Dam in Gujarat, to an environmental assessment of a new coal mine near the village of Shingapur in Uttar Pradesh, to a new railway line between the northern city of Jaipur and the coastal town of Jammu and Kashmir. 

But what about construction that might not be so safe?

The world is home to thousands of such projects, some of which could actually be unsafe, according to an analysis of data by the Worldwatch Institute, an international non-profit that monitors the world’s infrastructure and development. 

Here are 10 examples of construction that are unsafe, as well as some good ones. 


The construction of a nuclear power plant: A recent Greenpeace report found that India’s nuclear power plants are among the worst in the world, with several reactors failing safety tests.

Greenpeace has called for the government to halt the construction of the country’s first nuclear power station at Karanjpur, and has warned of possible accidents during the construction process. 

In February, a Greenpeace report also found that construction of India’s first power station is unsafe and unsafe work is rife.

Greenpeace reported that workers are exposed to toxic fumes, and that the company behind the plant, Tata Power, has admitted to failing to conduct required safety inspections and inspections of equipment in line with regulations. 


The demolition of a mosque: In March, a Muslim woman died after she was hit by a bus while walking along a road in Kolkata, India.

The incident, which occurred while she was walking along the roadside, led to a local mosque in the city being vandalised with religious graffiti.

The vandalism has sparked protests, with some Muslim leaders calling for the demolition of the mosque, which was built in 2001. 


The building of a wind farm: An Israeli company called Vavasseur is currently building a wind turbine farm in a remote area of the Indian state of Karnataka.

The wind farm is designed to generate electricity for about 30,000 households.

The project, called the Kavadur wind farm, has been under construction since 2011, and is slated to be completed by 2018. 

However, in February, Vavalseur announced that the turbines will not be operational until 2019, and said it will be building new turbines instead. 


The excavation of a site for a natural gas pipeline: In September, a group of residents in a rural area in India’s western state of Gujarat were protesting against the construction project of a gas pipeline.

The group said that the pipeline would lead to a gas storage tank and would also be used to store and transport coal.

The pipeline was built by Indian oil giant Vedanta and is located near the town of Kolkatak and the village where the protesters are protesting. 

The protesters said that Vedanta was not doing enough to ensure the safety and welfare of its workers. 


The use of a large crane for a building project: In May, an engineering study was carried out to determine the best construction method for a new apartment building in Mumbai.

The study showed that using a crane to demolish the existing building would increase the size of the building by several meters, and would have a detrimental impact on the surrounding environment. 


The dismantling of an entire town: A new wave of protest against the demolition and construction of an apartment building is sweeping across India.

In March 2016, more than 200,000 people took to the streets in Bangalore to demand the demolition or reconstruction of the historic Kolkatta suburb. 


The installation of a solar power plant in a coastal town: Solar power projects are a hot topic in India, where solar energy has become an increasingly important part of the energy mix.

A solar power project, in this case, would be built on a rocky island in the Indian Ocean. 


The opening of a dam: A dam is a type of natural gas pipe that is used to supply natural gas to nearby towns and villages.

In the US, the US Army Corps of Engineers has constructed a dam to supply gas to a community in Pennsylvania after a water leak. 


The closing of a small airport: In April, the New York Times reported that a Chinese company called Sichuan Airlines has been contracted by the Indian government to shut down a domestic airport in New Delhi and start a new one in the country. 


The planting of a “green” house in a city: India is home, for the most part, to plants that are green. 

India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to build a green house in New York, according to a New York Post article published on Sunday. 

Mr Modi, a Hindu nationalist, has recently been trying to push for a green agenda.

He has said that