Coal Kills

The first ever estimation of death and disease due to coal-fired power plants in India estimates between 85,000 to 115,000 people killed in 2011-12. Millions of cases of asthma and heart disease are also attributable to coal power emissions, with the worst affected areas being the dense population clusters of Delhi-Haryana, Kolkata-West Bengal and Mumbai. The cumulative cost to the public and government is estimated to be 23,000 crores.

Urban Emissions, an agency that conducts research and analysis related to air pollution released a study titled Coal Kills, in partnership with Conservation Action Trust and Greenpeace. The study ascertained that coal power plant emissions have caused premature deaths of upto 1,15,000 people between 2011-2012 in India. One such polluting coal fired thermal power plant is Anpara on the outskirts of Dibulganj, Uttar Pradesh.



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