Giridih, June 14: After the district administration gave into public protests and scrapped a sponge iron plant project in Udanabad, it is now an NGO of Dhanbad that has joined the war against pollution caused by these units.

ARTI SAHULIYAR

Ranchi, June 10: Now, you can study the level of pollution in your city.

The state

PRADUMAN CHOUBEY

Dhanbad, June 9: As many as 80 students of a primary school in Govindpur block, about 20km from the district headquarters, fell sick after having the midday meal served there today. While 12 students are still recovering, the condition of the rest is stable.

Sandeep Bhaskar

A survey conducted by the state

House owners: Under the rehabilitation package in the master plan the head of each family will be entitled to a compensation equivalent to the assessed cost of his or her homestead land and other infrastructure on it. Cost assessment will be done by the state government or its implementing agency. Each family will also be provided a 100 sq m plot at the resettlement site. If this offer

Chairman and Managing Director of the Bharat Coking Coal Ltd (BCCL), T K Lahiry said tragedy can strike any time in Jharia, so tough actions are needed to shift people Why are people not shifting after so many sops and facilities? The issue of relocation has become highly politicized. We convince one village one day and another day some organization or political

Alok Kumar Gupta Nearly half a million people living in and around the Jharia coalfield in Jharkhand have to be shifted to control underground fires. But the government has no sound strategy for their rehabilitation and the people have no trust in the government Kujama village in Jharkhand

Only committees for fighting fire 1922: First committee set up under the coal ministry to check the Jharia fire and prevent subsidence. No action taken on its report. 1964: Director of CMRI appointed to carry out a survey and suggest measures to save coal that had caught fire. 1976: The Union energy ministry constituted a committee to examine safety in the nationalized coal

S P Banerjee, former director of the Indian School of Mines University in Dhanbad on how to douse fire 1. Why

It is doubtful the master plan will see the light of the day The relocation plan would have made more sense if it was done soon after a committee set up by the energy ministry in 1976 found underground fire active in the Jharia coalfield. Then, bccl did not even consider relocation. The Jharia Rehabilitation and Development Authority (jrda), responsible for shifting non- bccl

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