At a coal mine in Jharia, Dhanbad district – one of India’s largest reserves, a smoldering fire has been occurring for more than 100 years.
Currently, none of them have been checked, let alone turn them off. It was once hoped that they would turn off on their own. Unfortunately, a new mining operation in 1973 extinguished this hope.
In that year, Bharat Coking Coal Ltd (BCCL), a member company of the state-owned Indian Coal Company, began large-scale surface coal mining operations – here is Price is a Method of quick and efficient extraction. Local activist Ashok Agarwal told Al Jazeera it was also the time when the fires broke out with dire consequences.
Ambitious miners get cheap coal fast … but there is an underground mining operation that has taken place here. Many tunnels have been dug to extract the coal, making the floor of these tunnels often covered with small pieces of coal, and they easily catch fire. By operating openly, these tunnels will gradually reveal themselves and then the gas inside overflows, a large fire is formed.