Coal Fired Plant in Kanpur Causes Serious Damage
Times News Network
April 30, 2003

KANPUR: The toxic ash of 'black diamond' being emitted by the power generating unit of Panki Power House has left the residents of Panki Katra ward inflicted with respiratory and kidney problems.

This coal-powered unit emits poisonous beta-particles of flyash in the atmosphere, and the locals say that it is the main cause for the rising cases of tuberculosis, kidney and other respiratory problems. They also said that chances of solving the problem were remote as the government would neither shift the unit to some other place nor it was possible for them to relocate to somewhere else. The ward lacks civic amenities and has inadequate sewage system and water supply. The Nagar Nigam rejects the residents' plea for improving the conditions by shifting the onus on the Kanpur Development Authority (KDA)

"The dispute between KDA and Nagar Nigam has badly affected our lives," said Raj Kumar Srivastava, a chartered account and resident of the area.

The ward is still undeveloped as villages, including Gaganganj, Ratanpur and Gabirpur, comprise its major area. Despite three overhead water tanks in the ward, the residents face water crisis as none of tanks are in working conditions.

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