Sponge Iron Industries in Bengal and Community Devastation – A Nagarik Mancha Study

This report from Nagarik Mancha studies sponge iron industries in regions like Purulia, Bankura, Birbhum, and West Midnapur in Bengal – the areas traditionally regarded as “less fertile”. Cutting across districts, it finds liquid waste, uncontrolled effluents, and groundwater depletion wreaking havoc on the lives of local communities, with WBPCB merely a silent spectator. Amongst many examples are the Lodha Sabars displaced in Gajashimul, Jhargram, after promises of jobs have gone unkept; and migrant workers in cement factories and sponge iron units across the state working in hazardous conditions. Most importantly, the study discerns an emerging contour of local resistance.

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