Western Odisha

Tribals Up In Arms Towards OCL’s Mining Growth Plans In Sundargarh

The Lanjiberna mining growth proposal of the erstwhile Odisha Cements Restricted (OCL), now Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd (DCBL), in Rajgangpur and Kutra blocks of Sundargarh district hit one other roadblock when tribal villagers took out an enormous protest rally on the district Collector’s workplace on Friday.

Sources mentioned villagers of the Gram Panchayats, led by the Rajgangpur MLA CS Rajen Ekka and former MLA George Tirkey, opposed the land acquisition for the mission.

As per reviews, the administration has begun the method of buying land in Kutra, Alanda, Keshramal, and Jhagarpur Panchayats below the Rajgangpur block for the growth of lime stone mine leased to OCL.

Chatting with OTV, MLA Rajen Ekka mentioned, “If the federal government needs to allot tribal land to the corporate, then it ought to do it as per the provisions below the Structure. Now we have raised this query within the Meeting, submitted memorandum to the Governor. A case on this connection is sujudice as nicely. We are going to intensify the stir if our calls for should not met.”

Bibal Tappo, a protester mentioned, “If the federal government thinks that we don’t abide by the rule of legislation, then they will shoot us on our chest. However we’ll by no means hand over our land to them.”

In October 2018, the administration had held public listening to of the Odisha State Air pollution Management Board for DCBL’s mining growth proposal. Nevertheless it was disrupted halfway by tribals. Administrative sources mentioned the corporate can not transfer forward with its mining growth proposal as Gram Sabha approval for land acquisition and air pollution clearance are obligatory.