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Tribals Again Oppose Nalco Bauxite Mining Plan On Serubandha

Metal News - Published on Mon, 24 Jun 2019

Image Source: Odisha TV
Odisha TV reported that tribal people of Koraput district unanimously opposed the bauxite mining plan of Navaratna PSU Nalco at Serubandha hill again, saying it will affect the economy of around 5,000 people. The tribals’ opposition came to the fore at the second Gram Sabha (village meeting) held at the panchayat office of Pottangi in the district to register their opinion for the proposed bauxite mining.

Mr Bhagaban Golari, who was present at the meeting said that “The economy of over 5,000 people of four panchayats depends on Serubandha hill. They eke out a living by collecting minor forest produces. They use the streams of the hill for agricultural activities. Once mining starts, the streams will go dry and their economy will collapse.” Mr Golari is also the president of Serubandha Surakhya Samiti, which is spearheading the anti-mining movement.

Former Pottangi MLA Ramchandra Kadam, who attended the gram sabha said that “The villagers’ opinion was not to allow bauxite mining at Serubandha and I supported it. We don’t want mining activities in our area. It will create more problems than benefits for the local people.”

Attending the meeting, BJP leader and former Koraput MP Jayaram Pangi said Nalco should publish a white paper on the development work it will undertake in the area, and people should decide about allowing mining in the next gram sabha.

Thursday’s gram sabha was second of the four gram sabhas being organised by the Koraput district administration to seek the opinion of the villagers on the proposed mining at Serubandha hill under Pottangi block.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Mon, 24 Jun 2019
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