As per the study, the Kolkata-West Bengal-Jharkhand and the Delhi-Haryana region are the most affected regions - with approximate deaths of 14,900 and 8,800 deaths respectively in 2012. The Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh-Jharkhand-Odisha coal region is the third most severe hit area of the country.
Debi Goenka from Conservation Action Trust said, "Indian standards for coal power emissions are either absent or shamefully behind those of even China, let alone the EU or US. Does the Ministry of Environment consider Indian lives to be less valuable? We need to immediately tighten pollution norms for existing plants, phase out the old, inefficient ones and ensure that all proposed new plants have state of the art pollution control systems such as flue gas desulphurisers and strict controls on nitrogen oxide, mercury and particulate emissions."
Greenpeace India has been carrying out a campaign to save and protect India's central forest region from coal mining since the last three years. In July 2012, it had sent a petition to the Prime Minister - asking him to stop all new coal block allocations and forest clearances for coal mining. A massive over 9,00,000 people have already signed this petition.
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