In coal town Dipka, mining pollution takes a heavy toll on nature as well as public health

Hindustan Times, Chhattisgarh | Ritesh Mishra | Oct 09, 2019

According to surveys by UBS, approximately 5,000 trucks ferry out coal from the Dipka mine – adding toxic fumes and kicking up more dust from the broken roads.

Coal dust is everywhere in Dipka – it turns the air hazy, the river water black and settles in a film on an any surface left exposed for a couple of hours. “You can see the water in the river. Sometimes it turns black. Even cattle avoid entering in Lilagar,” says 21-year-old Rohit Kashyap, who lives in one of four resettlement colonies that were made to accommodate those displaced by the coal mine. Read more

Mines near rivers polluting water, affecting flow, in Chhattisgarh

Hindustan times, New Delhi | Oct 09, 2019

Coal mines have a heavy water demand, using millions of litres each day to wash off impurities – the effluents are invariably diverted back downstream.

Sometime in the afternoon on September 29, the Lilagar river, usually a calm tributary of the Mahanadi but at the time in spate for days following heavy monsoon rains, changed course and broke through an embankment to flood a Coal India mine in Chhattisgarh’s Dipka. It inundated open pits, submerging heavy machinery, and knocking out operations that will take at least a month to normalise. Read more

10 million miners exposed to silica dust, 50% suffer from deadly silicosis, ministers told | Oct 10, 2019

By Our Representative
A recent seminar in Delhi, held in the presence of two Union ministers, Faggan Singh Kulaste and Ashwini Kumar Choubey, has been told that a whopping 10 million workers working in the mining sector are exposed to silica dust, with 50% of them suffering from silicosis, a deadly incurable lungs disease.

Participants, who included representatives of top civil society groups mines, minerals & People (mm&P) and Samata, doctors, labour unions and silicosis affected workers, referred to radiological investigations conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research, which found that 56% of mine workers in Rajasthan are affected with silicosis or silica-tuberculosis. Read more

DH Exclusive: Karnataka lags in mineral fund use

Deccan Herald | Mahesh Kulkarni, DHNS, Bengaluru, OCT 06 2019

Karnataka lags among other mineral-bearing states in the implementation of socio-economic development and welfare projects in the mining-affected districts, for which Rs 1,652 crore funds have been collected under the District Mineral Fund (DMF).

The state government has spent just 9.5% of the funds so far at Rs 157 crore out of a total of Rs 1,652 crore collected from mining companies in the last three years.
“The political instability and frequent change in the district in-charge ministers who head the district level DMF Trusts, has resulted in a tardy implementation of various welfare schemes,” a Federation Indian of Mineral Industries (FIMI) told DH. Read more

Consultations in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Delhi on impact of mining on livelihood, health | Oct 04, 2019

A series of civil society consultations were held in Udaipur (Rajasthan), Bhavnagar (Gujarat), Dahanu (Maharshtra) and Constitution Club of India (New Delhi) on adverse impact of mining on people’s livelihood and health, especially vulnerable sections such as tribals, women and children, and how illegal mining has made things worse. Detailed notes of each of the consultations: Read more

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