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The Hasdeo Arand forests spanning north Chhattisgarh’s Korba and Surguja districts comprise some of central India’s best contiguous tracts of forests, and are home to perennial water sources, rare plants as well as wildlife species, including elephants and leopards.

But this rich eco-system is also under threat because of the vast coal reserves it holds – the Hasdeo Arand Coalfield mapped by the Ministry of Coal has over a billion metric tonnes of proven coal reserves, across an area of 1878 square kilometres. 1502 square kilometres of this consist of forests.

The threat is accentuated with the central government’s swift moves in past weeks to hasten coal mining and acquisition of rural land from individuals and communities by corporations.

After its controversial coal mining bill was not passed in Parliament by the Rajya Sabha, the government re-issued an ordinance on 24 December 2014  to auction lands and forests across over 90 coal blocks (or mines), and to permit the commercial mining of coal. Read more

Courtesy: PARI News

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Villagers protest coal mines re-allotment in Chhattisgarh

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With the beginning of fresh allotment of coal blocks by the Centre, villagers of North Chhattisgarh, the area which is rich in coal reserves, have intensified their protest against the move.

As many as 17 gram sabhas, falling under Hasdeo-Arand coalfield, have passed a resolution opposing the reallotment of coal mines and have written to higher authorities seeking dialogue on the issue. “We won’t allow any mining activity in our villages and forests. Through this resolution we have urged both the Centre and state government to neither allocate coal blocks to public sector undertakings nor to private players,” Umeshwar Singh Armo, Sarpanch of Mandapur panchyat of the region, told PTI.

Hasdeo-Arand coalfield, spread over an area of 1,878 sq kms over Korba, Surguja and Surajpur districts in north Chhattisgarh, is located about 300 kms away from the state capital. Of the total area, 1,502 sq km area is under biodiversity-rich forest cover. The coalfield has total estimated reserves of 5.1709 billion tonne.

Around 30 blocks have been identified so far in the region, of which 16 were allocated to various public sector and private players but their allocations was subsequently cancelled following the Supreme Court order. Mining is operational in 3 blocks – Chotia by Prakash Industries, Parsa East and Kete Basan by a joint venture of Adani group and Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited. “Without taking consent of gram sabhas, government has once again listed coal blocks of our region for fresh auctioning and allotment. It is violation of our rights,” Armo said. Read more

Courtesy: dna

पन्ना मे स्थानीय आदिवासियों ने कलेक्टर एवं वन विभाग के अधिकारियों को सौपा पत्र

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बहेरा ग्राम मे पुश्तो से बसे हुये आदिवासी जिनको वन अधिकार कानून के अंतर्गत पट्टे के लिए दिये गए थे। उनको जबरन वहाँ से हटाया जा रहा है। स्थानीय आदिवासियों का कहना है कि भूमि अधिकार पत्र आदिवासियो को सौपा जाय। यदि ऐसा नही होता है तो आदिवासियो को मजबूरन प्रशासन के विरुद्ध आंदोलन करना पड़ेगा। ग्रामीणो का कहना है कि सभी ग्रामवासी भूमिहीन एवं आवासहीन है। तथा बिना कोई सूचना दिये वन अमले द्वारा हटाये जाने की कार्यवाही की जा रही है। इस आशय का ज्ञापन लेकर कलेक्टर को दिया जा रहा है। ज्ञापन सौपने वालों मे सज्जू आदिवासी, हरीलाल गौड़, अखिलेश आदिवासी छोटा, राधा, रामदीन, जयंती, रामकली, द्रौपदी, कविता, शीला, मेनबाई, सकुनबाइ, महंती, नीमबाई, रामनरेश, प्रियाबई, जीवनलाल, सिया, अमर कुमार, मस्तराम, बाटा, मटरतान, बसंता सहित बड़ी संख्या मे आदिवासी समाज एवं पुरुष तथा बच्चे शामिल रहे। इसके साथ ही समाजसेवी युसुफबेग तथा कांग्रेसी नेता अनीष खान ज्ञापन कार्यक्रम मे उपस्थित रहे।

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Asbestos mining: NGT raps MoEF for vague response

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New Delhi: Perturbed by illegal and unscientific asbestos mining across the country, the National Green Tribunal Friday pulled up the Environment Ministry (MoEF) for providing a “vague and uncertain” response.

A bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, made the observation after going through an affidavit filed by the Ministry of Environment and Forests(MoEF) and fixed the matter for further consideration on December 23.

“None of the affidavits is specific as to what steps have been taken by the Ministry of Environment and Forests or any other authority of the State to answer a question as to whether any asbestos mining was being carried on in any part of the State or not. Affidavit filed by the MoEF is vague and uncertain.

“It is undisputable that asbestos mining activity is considered hazardous and causes serious environmental and health hazard including dangerous diseases like cancer etc. We are constrained to observe that concerned Ministry and appropriate authorities of the state are expected to exercise their power to prevent and control degradation of environment and harm to public health,” the bench said. Read more

Courtesy: Zee News

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Public hearing on Odisha coal block called off following strong resistance by villagers

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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

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