Friday, June 20, 2008

sponge iron pollution.....Raipur "the most polluted capital in the world"

Sunita Narain: Rotten steel frame of development
Sunita Narain / New Delhi June 20, 2008, 0:12 IST

India thrives on a cheap and dirty industrialisation model.

We were standing in Sarova village, not far from Raipur, the capital
city of mineral-rich Chattisgarh. All around us we could see some
black stuff scattered on the ground. This, we were told, was the
`gift' of the neighbouring factory that produced sponge iron. The
villagers told us that the factory owner was giving this away and
would even transport it to their lands. They refused to say if they
were being paid to dump this reject on their land. But they did
whisper to me that the land on which we were standing, laden with
black reject, belonged to the brother of the sarpanch. The sarpanch,
they said, was earlier against the factory's pollution. But, now after
his election, he had joined the ranks of the silent.

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