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Tribals Continuing Protests Against Iron Ore Mining in Nandraj Hills

Mining News - Published on Fri, 14 Jun 2019

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A protest by tribals in Chhattisgarh’s Bailadila against a mining lease being given to the Adani Group continues, in spite of the government having stayed all project activities. The protestors said they would continue their demonstrations in front of the National Mineral Development Corporation till the government cancelled the lease. Tribals from distant villages like Gangalur, Matur, Pittapal, Hurepal and Munder, have been on protest since June 7, opposing the NMDC’s allotment of Mine number 13 to the Adani Group.

The protests have slowly gained momentum, with even political parties coming forward to support them. On the second day of the protest, former chief minister of Chhattisgarh Ajit Jogi, arrived at the spot and supported the protestors.

In 2015, the forest department had given clearances for 315.813 hectares of Bailadila depository number 13 for the purpose of iron ore mining. In these areas, the NMDC and state government were supposed to do mining jointly. For this, a joint venture, NCL, was created between the two entities. However, the lease was later transferred to the privately-owned Adani Group for 25 years. Bailadila depository number 13 has potential iron ore reserves equaling 25 crore tonnes.

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Posted By : Mohan Sharma on Fri, 14 Jun 2019
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