05 Mar '12, 8am

The mines of Jharia_Revisited: The coal fields of Jharia could easily be mistaken for an uninhabitable alien p...

The mines of Jharia_Revisited: The coal fields of Jharia could easily be mistaken for an uninhabitable alien p...

The coal fields of Jharia could easily be mistaken for an uninhabitable alien planet. But we are soon corrected by the sight of men, women and children working in what is one of the largest coal fields in India. The Jharia mines, in the state of Jharkhand are notorious for the harsh working conditions that take a toll on the environment and human health, something that had led a famous political leader Brinda Karat claim that the Jharia township is on the brink of an ecological and human disaster . Isabell Zipfel is a photographer who has travelled through Jharia and has captured some powerful images that tell the story of the people and their lives. Jharia, even to this day, continues to have underground fires that releases obnoxious gases into the atmosphere and causes buildings to crumble and collapse. Most of it is a result of illegal mining by Bharat Coking Coal Limit...

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