Jharia, situated in Dhanbad district of Jharkhand, is one of the largest coal mines in India. Once a dense forest populated by tribes, its people and natural bounty were sacrificed at the altar of development. Noxious gases from underground coal fires are making the environment toxic while coal dust devastates human lives. More than 60% of the workers in the region are sick. For all of this, the workers in the mines get ₹200-300 per day. Many of them abuse alcohol and face chronic liver disease.
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