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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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As flames leap, earth’s crust turns to black cinder Report by: Alok Kumar Gupta Photographs by: Sandip Kumar Nag

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She collects four to six sacks by evening with her family’s help Report by: Alok Kumar Gupta Photographs by: Sandip Kumar Nag

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More coal means more money. Women folk carry upto 60 to 80 kg of coal on their head every day from the mining site to the market place, seven km away Report by: Alok Kumar Gupta Photographs by: Sandip Kumar Nag

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Its evening and Suresh Paswan and his mother have packed their coal haul. They will make Rs 40 to Rs 90 by selling it Report by: Alok Kumar Gupta Photographs by: Sandip Kumar Nag

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Nirmala lives in the Jharia coal belt in Jharkhand. A 90-year-old fire is eating the coal below ground. It may cave in without warning. But residents refuse to move Report by: Alok Kumar Gupta Photographs by: Sandip Kumar Nag

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Gathering coal from waste dumps is a family run enterprise. Even four year olds are roped in to gather coal 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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