Maharashtra Power Generation Company got a lease for coal mining in Gare Palma SectorII Tamnar block of Raigarh district in August 2016, following which the process for Environment clearance was started by the company. A total of 14 villages (Tihli Rampur, Kunjemura, Gare, Saraitola, Murogaon, Radopali, Pata, Chitwahi, Dholnara, JhinkaBahal, Dolesara, Bhalumura, Sarasmal and Libra ) will be affected by coal mining in this block. The District Administration issued a circular directing the Panchayats of these 14 villages to conduct a public hearing for the environment clearance. This violates the Panchayats Extension to Scheduled Areas Act (PESA) and Forest Rights Act under which a District Administration cannot direct Gram Sabhas regarding Public hearing.
The administration's circular also included a printed form which mentioned that residents of these villages should sign on it after conducting the public hearing. Local acivists say that this diminishes the space for discussion and decisions by the Gram Sabha in the public hearing. After seeing this circular, the residents decided to oppose this violation of their rights and held a march against that government order in the form of a circular. They also submitted a memorandum asserting their rights under the Forest Rights Act and PESA to the Ministry of Coal, the Governor, the Chief Minister, and the Collector. However, the Sub Divisional Magistrate has reportedly denied the allegations. Residents don't want mining in this region because they have seen the consequences of mining in the nearby villages.
Type of Land
Private and Common
Type of Common Land
Forest and Non-Forest
Total investment involved (in Crores):
Type of investment:
Land Area Affected
Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:
Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:
Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:
Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MAHAGENCO)