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The red, stagnant lake at Pipragaon Nayi Basti, 20 kms from Obra Thermal Power Plant, tested positive for pollutants with far higher-than-permissible limits. Lying in the direct direction of the wind blowing from the plant, the lake stands testimony to the continual passage of arsenic, mercury and fluoride in the air. This exceeds the15 km safe-radius that the government recognizes. For bedridden patients of the Basti like Vijay Kumar and Vindhyanchal, hope too lies forgotten.

“On my own, I can’t move at all. It takes two people at a time to move me in and out. If I don’t have my medicines, I won’t be able to survive for even one day.”
-— Bed-ridden patient Vijay Kumar Sharma
LEFT: RED LAKE, PIPRAGAON NAYI BASTI         RIGHT: VIJAY KUMAR SHARMA, PIPRAGAON NAYI BASTI

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The red, stagnant lake at Pipragaon Nayi Basti, 20 kms from Obra Thermal Power Plant, tested positive for pollutants with far higher-than-permissible limits. Lying in the direct direction of the wind blowing from the plant, the lake stands testimony to the continual passage of arsenic, mercury and fluoride in the air. This exceeds the15 km safe-radius that the government recognizes. For bedridden patients of the Basti like Vijay Kumar and Vindhyanchal, hope too lies forgotten.<br />
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“On my own, I can’t move at all. It takes two people at a time to move me in and out. If I don’t have my medicines, I won’t be able to survive for even one day.”<br />
-— Bed-ridden patient Vijay Kumar Sharma<br />
LEFT: RED LAKE, PIPRAGAON NAYI BASTI         RIGHT: VIJAY KUMAR SHARMA, PIPRAGAON NAYI BASTI