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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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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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Live fire alarm: This caged parrot alerts the villagers against nearing fires Report by: Alok Kumar Gupta Photographs by: Sandip Kumar Nag

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The residents in turn allege BCCL is making no effort to fight the fire as it wants to keep them away from the coal Report by: Alok Kumar Gupta Photographs by: Sandip Kumar Nag

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No trees for shade: Life in Kujama goes on Report by: Alok Kumar Gupta Photographs by: Sandip Kumar Nag

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A resident of Kujama gathers coal from mining waste. By noon she will collect a sackful. She will sell the coal at Rs 6 to Rs 10 a kg Report by: Alok Kumar Gupta Photographs by: Sandip Kumar Nag

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Fissures run deep. People cannot live on unsteady ground, so the 0.45 million people living in and around Jharia will have to be moved. The relocation will cost the government exchequer Rs 10,000 crore, making it the world’s most ambitious plan yet Report by: Alok Kumar Gupta Photographs by: Sandip Kumar Nag

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The smouldering fire below means children have to skip their way to school…even as the ground beneath threatens to shift Report by: Alok Kumar Gupta Photographs by: Sandip Kumar Nag
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