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“During our time, there was no illness. In the last 10-15 years, it is everywhere. Those days, the water was not like this. Now, the water itself is the illness! My whole body has got jammed like iron. Only my hands move a little. Whatever little moves, I move. I eat, I shit, everything I do is on this cot only. How long can I live like this? ”
-— Vindhyachal, 70-year-old patient
Yet, the story continues. 95% of the new power plant projects that have got the green signal don’t have treatment devices like flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) units and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) units to limit pollution.

“The problem is not awareness or even of acceptance, but one of commitment. When most of the industries are either government-owned or have government sanction, they would have regulated them if they wanted to.”
— Prof. G. D Agrawal

In spite of a two-year notification, the deadline of December 7, 2017- set by the Supreme Court for thermal power plants across India to reduce their emission of PM, SO2 and NOx pollutants below specified limits- has been missed. With a staggering 66% dependence on coal for its aggressive power-generation plans, the government itself has appealed for a further extension till 2022.

In the meantime, the lives of the affected and forgotten will continue to get cut short.
LEFT: CHILKADAND                                               RIGHT: VINDHYACHAL, PIPRA GAON NAYI BASTI

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“During our time, there was no illness. In the last 10-15 years, it is everywhere. Those days, the water was not like this. Now, the water itself is the illness! My whole body has got jammed like iron. Only my hands move a little. Whatever little moves, I move. I eat, I shit, everything I do is on this cot only. How long can I live like this? ”<br />
-— Vindhyachal, 70-year-old patient<br />
Yet, the story continues. 95% of the new power plant projects that have got the green signal don’t have treatment devices like flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) units and selective catalytic reduction (SCR) units to limit pollution.<br />
<br />
“The problem is not awareness or even of acceptance, but one of commitment. When most of the industries are either government-owned or have government sanction, they would have regulated them if they wanted to.”<br />
— Prof. G. D Agrawal<br />
<br />
In spite of a two-year notification, the deadline of December 7, 2017- set by the Supreme Court for thermal power plants across India to reduce their emission of PM, SO2 and NOx pollutants below specified limits- has been missed. With a staggering 66% dependence on coal for its aggressive power-generation plans, the government itself has appealed for a further extension till 2022.<br />
<br />
In the meantime, the lives of the affected and forgotten will continue to get cut short.<br />
LEFT: CHILKADAND                                               RIGHT: VINDHYACHAL, PIPRA GAON NAYI BASTI