A controversial public hearing for the Mahaguj Colliery Limited’s coal block here had to be called off today after angry people of five panchayats including Bagadia, Machakut under Chhendipada block of Angul district in Odisha dismantled the stage and the tent put up here by the administration for the hearing.

The people are opposed to a coal mining project in their area as it is a fertile land that offers them subsistence.

There are reports that the senior district officials including the sub-collector and the ADM, who had reached the spot of the public hearing, have had to face the ire of the people. Read more

Courtesy: Odisha Sun Times