Ceaseless coal mining turns future black for Gonds in Chhattisgarh

A view of the PEKB coal mine. Photo: Vaishnavi Suresh

The Parsa coal block, one of 30 in Chhattisgarh’s Hasdeo Arand region, is a step closer from getting environmental clearance. This will be the third mine to open, after Chotia and Parsa East and Kete Basan (PEKB), in what was once a ‘No Go’ area for coal mining in the state. Opening another mine in the core forest area could have deleterious consequences for the people living in it, the forest and the river Hasdeo.

The Hasdeo Arand region, spread across 1......