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Tribals Start Indefinite Protest Against Mining In Dantewada hill - Report

Mining News - Published on Tue, 11 Jun 2019

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Hindustan Times reported that in a rerun of Niyamgiri in Odisha, tribals started protest against mining operations on a hill in Bailadila area of Moaist affected Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh claiming that the hill was their deity. The National Mineral Development Corporation owns the mine and has allocated it to Adani Enterprises for operation. Both NMDC and Adani Enterprises issued statements saying that they believe in “growth with goodness” and the mining operations were commencing after taking all clearances, including consent of the respective gram sabhas.

However, the tribals stated the protest under the banner of Sanyukt Panchayat Samiti and demanded to stop the mining operations.

Mr Nandaram Sori, a local Communist Party of India leader and added that if tribals allow mining on the sacred hill, the local people will have to bear its brunt, said that “The mining on hill has been given to Adani by NMDC for mining. The hill is revered as the shrine of Pitod devi, wife of nature god Nandraj and our faith has been associated with it. We won’t survive if we will not protect that hill. We do not want to allow either NMDC or Adani to excavate that hill. Besides, mining activities on the hill will also affect water resources like rivers and rivulets and left them dry thereby affecting our lives.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 11 Jun 2019
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