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In anticipation of India’s largest coal mining project

The West Bengal government plans to set up India’s largest coal mining project. Spread across 12.31 sq km, the Deocha-Pachami-Harinsingha-Dewanganj coal block is dubbed as the world’s second-largest coal reserve. Several stone quarries and crusher units that function in the area may shut down as a result of the proposed coal block and take away the livelihoods of those employed in them. While the government promises fair compensation and rehabilitation, some local communities are apprehensive about this transition.

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Farmland is adjacent to a stone quarry. The 13.7 sq. km. coal mine will be the largest in the country and will replace both the farmland and the quarry. Deucha, West Bengal
Boden Soren, A worried farmer at Harinsinga.
Daily wage laborers waiting near a stone quarry for job opportunities. Deucha.
An inactive stone quarry at Harinsinga village in Birbhum district, West Bengal. The legal and illegal stone mining and processing units will soon be replaced by the Deocha-Pachami-Dewanganj-Harinsinga coal block, expected to be the largest in the country.
An Adivasi woman collects dry leaves for fuel, near a sal forest in the Harinsinga block.
Adivasi youth at a football match at Dewangung village. This area is allocated for the coal mine. Deucha
Sakaram Hembram, a daily wage stone-breaking laborer is worried about losing his livelihood.
Stone mine at Harinsinga block, this mine will be converted to the coal mine.
Suresh Pradhan, a stone crushing worker, will receive a ‘maintenance charge’ for a year once the coal mining project takes over the unit.
Roads in the region, meant for the use of the local people, are damaged because of heavy mining vehicles.
Villagers at their residence in Harinsingha village. They are living for more than 100 years in this village with 9-10 bighas of farming land. Now they are living with so much fear of losing their lands, house, and livestock.
Outside an Adivasi household. As part of the government’s compensation are a monetary package and a 600 sq ft house. Deucha.
Binapani Hembram, at her mud house, now living with the fear of losing her land and house at the age of 65. Deucha.
Farming is the main source of livelihood in the area. People will have to give up their farmlands for coal mining.
Children look at an area in their neighborhood that has been fenced out for coal mining work. Dewangunj.