Environment Ministry Rejects Clearance for Rasuli Iron Ore Mines in Chhattisgarh

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Riddhi PandeyLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

September 2, 2021

Location of Conflict

Rasuli

Durgu and Kondal villages

Kanker

This is a Left Wing Extremism Affected District

This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Iron Ore Mining

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)

People Affected by Conflict

3000

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

220

ha

Starting Year

2016

State

Chhattisgarh

Sector

Mining

The residents of Rasuli village, in Kanker district's Durg Kondal tehsil, had long opposed the Rasuli Iron Ore Deposit Mining project.  The state government awarded the lease for mining to Navbharat Fuse Company Limited in 2009. For the project, 220 hectares of reserved forestland were demarcated in compartment numbers 338(615) and 339 (616) in Khargaon forest, a protected area.  On September 7, 2016, the Chhattisgarh Environment Protection Division organised a public hearing to attain consent at the Janpad panchayat office in Bhanupratappur. According to news reports, the residents accused the authorities of not providing them with prior information about the hearing and organising it in a venue located far from the affected village.  Reportedly, the few villagers and local political leaders who did attend the meeting utilised the platform to voice their concerns about the impact the project would have on the forest resources, tree cover, biodiversity and soil and water quality in the area. They raised concerns over the effect of mining activities on their agriculture and other livelihood practices. Additionally, they demanded that the administration should reorganise the public hearing in the affected tribal village. Following the protests, Vipin Manjhi, an additional collector from Kanker, agreed to cancel and postpone the public hearing. During a meeting held on December 20, 2017, the Forest Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) decided to recommend against the forest clearance for the Rasuli iron ore mine as the proposed mining site falls in the very dense area of the Bailadila mountain range. The committee also added that the felling of trees would adversely impact the environment in the region by affecting the water supply as the catchment area of the local drain is located there. As per a notification issued on January 05, 2017, the MoEFCC had also recommended against granting approval to the project under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980. According to the MoEFCC website, the environmental clearance proposal for the project was delisted on January 16, 2018.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Complaint against procedural violations, Opposition against environmental degradation

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Both

Type of Common Land

Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

3.5

Type of investment:

Year of Estimation

Has the Conflict Ended?

Yes

When did it end?

January 2018

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Forest and Scheduled Area Governance Laws, Environmental Laws, Other

Legislations/Policies Involved

Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community? What was the decision of the concerned government department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Non-implementation/violation of the FRA, Non-implementation/violation of the PESA, Violation of free prior informed consent, Violation of environmental laws

Legal Status:

Out of Court

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Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

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Date of Violation

Location of Violation

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Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Government of Chhattisgarh

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Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Navbharat Fuse Company Limited

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Riddhi Pandey

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Riddhi Pandey

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Riddhi Pandey

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