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Coal

Buffer zone for Tadoba reserve

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2010
After dithering for a year, the Maharashtra government notified the buffer zone around the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Chandrapur district on May 5. The mining lobby was reportedly putting pressure on the state government to withhold the notification.

Power plant with zero emission

Issue Date: Apr 30, 2010
Jharkhand may get a coal-fired power plant with zero carbon emission in a few years. A private company in Delhi, Urja Global Limited (ugl), has offered to set up a 100 MW power plant that would sequester carbon dioxide and other pollutants emitted by burning coal. “We’ll import the technology from a US company that holds its patent,” said Aditya Venkatesh, executive director of ugl.

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Nirmala Paswan tries to cool the boundary wall of her hut with water. The wall spews smoke and has developed cracks. It may fall anytime… Report by: Alok Kumar Gupta Photographs by: Sandip Kumar Nag

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Everyone is staying back for the coal–people make a livelihood by selling the coal they salvage and the government owned Bharat Coking Coal Ltd (BCCL) company insists on mining the rich coal Report by: Alok Kumar Gupta Photographs by: Sandip Kumar Nag

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Red sores on earth Report by: Alok Kumar Gupta Photographs by: Sandip Kumar Nag

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The burning coal is taking its toll on villages. Seen here are the remains of houses and temple of Kujama village in Jharia Report by: Alok Kumar Gupta Photographs by: Sandip Kumar Nag

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If fire continues unabated, this could be the whole of Jharia, soon Report by: Alok Kumar Gupta Photographs by: Sandip Kumar Nag

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Residents of Kujama village construct new houses in concrete and pray to ash laden tulsi plants for a miracle Report by: Alok Kumar Gupta Photographs by: Sandip Kumar Nag

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This old man in Kujama is suffering from TB. Fearing relocation, he refuses to speak about his illness or disclose his name Report by: Alok Kumar Gupta Photographs by: Sandip Kumar Nag

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Coal worth crores of rupees burns to ash. The coal company says it can douse the fire only if people agree to relocate Report by: Alok Kumar Gupta Photographs by: Sandip Kumar Nag
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