The Lack Of Evidence To Confirm Obvious Environmental Damage Is Derailing Local Battles For Justice

10 Aug 2021 0 min read  Share

Coal dust in Goa. Polluted groundwater in Tamil Nadu. Gas and oil leaks in Assam. As the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi dismantles environmental safeguards, the lack of scientific evidence derails legal suits communities file to protect their air, water and health, even though it is companies who are supposed to prove their activities cause no harm.

Coal being handled in the open in Vasco da Gama's Mormugao port. So far there is no study looking at the health impact of this coal dust on the locals in the area./PHOTOGRAPHS BY DISHA SHETTY