Jharia coal field has been burning underground for over a hundred years, as residents living across 250 sqkm sit on a ticking time bomb. . . .”
Yesterday we saw in a program of the “Deutsche Welle” this story which I copied and published in my blog page:
The question is: Why are these fires not being extinguished?
India creates a record, allows Jharia coalmine fires to burn for a century
Jayanta Gupta| TNN | Feb 10, 2016, 12.18 PM IST
I found the following in the above article. I ask myself, why are governments so weak and are unable or unwilling to do what is necessary for the people and for the environment?
So here I copy the last part of the above article by Iavant Gupta:
“It was recognized by BCCL that some of the fires not only cause severe environmental threat through emission of steam, smoke and noxious gases but also pose a serious health hazard to inhabitants.
All other work would be carried out by Indians. It has been over nine months now but we have received no communication from BCCL. Finally, we wrote to the Prime Minister and were directed by his office to take the matter up with the coal ministry. On communicating with the coal ministry, we were asked to get in touch with Coal India Ltd and BCCL. This makes no sense. They were the ones who have remained silent after the 2014 meeting. We are running around in circles here. Now we are hearing convoluted statements that there is no technology in the world to deal with such fires. This is incorrect. The truth is that there seems to be a lack of will in tackling the fires, We could have been told earlier and would not have wasted our efforts here” said a member of the DMT Group of Germany that had participated in the EoI.”