Well-known social activist and president of Lok Shakti Abhiyan Prafulla Samantara has urged the Odisha State Pollution Control Board to cancel public hearing for Machakut coal mining scheduled to be held on Thursday at Chhendipada in Angul district of the State.

“The people of five gram panchayats including Bagadia, Machakut under Chhendipada Block Angul district have been protesting not to allow mining of coal in their agriculture land since the notification for land acquisition came out,” Samantara has said in a letter to the Member-Secretary of Odisha State Pollution Control Board.

“The natural resources like fertile agricultural land, forest, natural streams, and rivers will be destroyed by mining of coal.”

But against the will of the villagers the government is trying to have acquisition of land forcefully which could not take place till now due to democratic people’s resistance, Samantara said. Read more

Courtesy: Odisha Channel