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The Hasdeo Arand story: Is coal mining a fait accompli for the pristine forests?

Updated : March 07, 2019 04:16 PM IST

Chhattisgarh’s Hasdeo Arand forests are not just rich in biodiversity but also in coal reserves. Until 15 years ago, the area had no active coal fields, but now, mining is ongoing in a couple of mines while authorities are considering green clearances for many other coal blocks in the region.
The Parsa East and Kete Basan coal block in the region, which was considered an inviolate forest area, has seen mining activities over the years despite ongoing legal cases.
The expert panel of the union environment ministry has recently given an in-principle approval to another coal block in the region even as tribal people are protesting against it. The issue of mining is also expected to feature in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
The Hasdeo Arand story: Is coal mining a fait accompli for the pristine forests?

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