Angry Villagers Bear Pollution Costs of Sponge Iron Industry

Inter Press Service: At dawn, 65-year-old Indian share farmer Gundicha Rout goes to the stone water trough in his backyard to wash his face and prepare for paddy husking. He reaches out for the water, dipping into a thin film of oil on its surface. As he swishes the water in his mouth, there is a bitter metallic taste. It has been like this in Patharakata hamlet in Rampei village, Cuttack district in Orissa state, located in India's mineral-rich central eastern belt, during the three years since ......

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