Published on Jul 31, 2014
Environmentalists in India are fighting to extend a ban on coal mining in the northeastern state of Meghalaya. The National Green Tribunal put a stop to the lucrative industry in April because of pollution and concerns over working conditions. Villagers complained that rampant and unregulated mining had poisoned the rivers, allowing heavy metals such as iron, and sulfuric acid to seep into the surrounding environment. But despite communities reeling from the impact, the government’s environment minister is fighting against the move. Al Jazeera’s Karishma Vyas reports from Meghalaya state.