Beijing s Green Olympics

Madhab Baru is a worried man. His livestock keep falling ill these days. The cows pass black dung and the goats, especially the kids, suffer from diarrhoea. It's the black dust from the factory across the road, says the small time farmer of Harirampur, a remote village in West Bengal's Bankura district. Other villagers gathered outside his mud hut murmur in assent. The dust has affected their livelihood, too.

The factory in question, Govinda Impex Pvt Ltd, manufactures sponge iron. In the past four years, three sponge iron plants