At a recent public hearing for the Parsa Coal Block in Chhattisgarh, citizens likely to be affected by mining there raised several concerns. However, much of it has been completely ignored in the official record of minutes, reports Kanchi Kohli.
Powerful forces get water for power
The construction of barrages to meet the water needs of thermal power plants in western Chattisgarh shows that irregularities involved in the
allocation of this resource may be as large as the ones in coal allocation itself.
throws light on the issue.
"I try to hope that I will live again with Binayak in my lifetime"
Dr Ilina Sen, well-known social activist and feminist scholar, who currently heads the Department of Womens Studies in Mahatma Gandhi University, Wardha, Maharashtra speaks in detail to M Suchitra about her husband's trial and her appeal to the Chhatisgarh High Court.
Setting the clock back on clearances
What happens if you decide to expand your industrial project without getting fresh environment clearances?
In Jindal Steel's case, it appears, you get to go on scot free.
Cleared, denied, cleared, ...
The environment clerance process continues to make a mockery of the law. As the Athena case shows, when a project is pulled up, the Ministry simply
finds another channel by which to continue it.
Democracy in the deep woods
In mineral-rich lands, adivasis still find it hard to make ends meet. Violence between the state and Naxals threatens to divide and disenfranchise them
Coal waste darkens the Kelo
It is plain for all to see that untreated mining waste is being discharged into the river around Khamaria, but it is equally plain that
the government is doing nothing about it.
Between a village and a town
Janjgir has a poor base to raise finances and is heavily dependent on fund transfers from the state government. There is little here that would
qualify this as a town, writes
Hot ash burns child to death
Illegal dumping of industrial waste around Raigarh takes the life of 7-year-old Twinkle Thakur, raising familiar troubling questions about the
trajectory of 'development' in India.
"Only the idiots are committing suicide"
In Chhatisgarh's Durg district, there is no shortage of farmers who have taken their lives - the district ranks second in the state on this count. But
equally, there is no shortage of those who don't see these suicides.
Fail, fail, fail .... and pass!
Construction without approval. An incomplete public hearing. Failure to notify local residents in a timely manner. It seems no amount of
non-compliance with the law is enough grounds for the proposed expansion of the Monnet plant in Chhatisgarh to be halted.
Chhatisgarh's ray of hope
Crippling poverty, Naxalism and government bungling may have depressed the lives of poor women in Chhatisgarh, but there is now
a shining ray of hope. 60,000 women have become trained community health volunteers and are making an impact, notes