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A “do or die” agitation against coal pollution in Odisha

Meena Menon
There has been no relief for the villagers who live close to the Kulda opencast mine in Sundargarh district of Odisha for more than ten years despite numerous protests and legal actions. The locals ultimately began a "do or die" agitation in January 2021, which is still going strong despite the local government's harsh measures against them. The project's operator, The Mahanadi Coalfields Limited, has assured the community that the concerns raised by the community will be addressed over the next months.