14 Villages in Tamnar Block Oppose Coal Mining by MAHAGENCO

Location of Conflict

Tamnar

Raigarh

Region Classification

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Coal Mining

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Type of Land

Both

Type of Common Land

Forest and Non-Forest

State

Chhattisgarh

Sector

Mining

Starting Year

2016

People Affected
by Conflict

13074

Investment Affected (in Crores)

7642

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

2583

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.

Total investment involved (in Crores):

7642

Type of investment:

Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

District Administration-Raigarh

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Maharashtra State Power Generation Company Limited (MAHAGENCO)

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