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How MahaGenCo’s coal-mining project got an expert panel’s nod despite red flags from ICMR

How MahaGenCo’s coal-mining project got an expert panel’s nod despite red flags from ICMR
How MahaGenCo’s coal-mining project got an expert panel’s nod despite red flags from ICMR
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A man walks through the toxic gases coming out from the fires beneath the Jharia coal field that has been burning since 1916 in Jharkhand.

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The expert committee chose to ignore a study by the apex medical-research body, which found that mining in the area had caused a host of diseases among local residents and put them at serious risk.

It can’t be seen, felt, heard or smelt. Guess what is it? As far as riddles go, the answer could be “darkness”. But in matters related to the environment, that cryptic description is also apt for reports and studies that can potentially come in the way of development. Such reports, curiously, have a tendency to get relegated into the dark.Recently, the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC), a panel under the Ministry of Environment, Forests and
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