C’garh Bachao Andolan: Demand for ban on coal mining in Hasdeo Aranya area

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 13 Feb 2018 12:13:03

Staff Reporter

Overcoming unruly weather and heavy rains, thousands of villagers took out massive rally under the banner of Chhattisgarh Bachao Andolan demanding ban on coal mining in and around Hasdeo Aranya area. Members also submitted memorandum to forest and local administration officials alleging that coal mining has led to rise in man-animal conflict.

Addressing the villagers at Podhiupora (Morga village)
during rally, Chhattisgarh Bachao Andolan (CGBA) leader Alok Shukla said that cutting of forest areas for open cast mines has led to surge in animal attacks. In past one week time five villagers lost their lives in elephant attack in villages close to Hasdeo Aranya. At present 17 districts of state are reeling under elephant menace and in span of five years over 200 people have lost their lives and 7000 houses have been destroyed.

Shukla said that with operation of open cast mines in and around Hasdeo Aranya has disturbed the ecological balance of the area and elephants in search of food are entering villages and when retaliated by villagers elephants are attacking them. Terrified villagers are going for their regular work in fields and work in entire areas has come to stand still. Even forest and local administration officials have failed to counter the might of these enraged elephants, which are killing the villagers, destroying their houses and damaging their crops.
Alleging state government for allocating coal blocks for open cast mining in area and overlooking rehab of these animals, poor villagers are bearing the brunt and are being forced to migrate to safe areas leaving their all belonging including their farming lands, added Shukla.

Meanwhile, CGBA leader Nand Kumar Kashyap said that many companies have hidden truth about elephant corridor passing through their areas and have got the clearance. will further conduct more such training programs for its employees.