Chhattisgarh is set to become the largest producer of thermal power, cement and sponge iron. The push is on to install 77 per cent of India's current thermal power capacity, 51 per cent of the country's present cement capacity and 31 million tonnes of sponge iron capacity, which is equal to India's current capacity. The price of this fast-track industrialisation will be forests, agricultural land and the state's 32 per cent tribal population. SUGANDH JUNEJA toured the districts to assess the shape of things to come and the struggles that are already afoot. Does the country have a method to assess the cumulative impact of this crowded industrialisation?
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