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Friday, May 27, 2016

Villagers hold protest to demand mining bypass

Appeal to stop ore transportation; may approach SC to find solution

PANJIM: Over 300 people from the mining belt of Sanguem and Quepem taluka held a protest in the state’s capital on Friday demanding mining bypass. The villagers from the mining affected areas had recently submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar demanding a ban on mining activities till a bypass is constructed.
Convener of Mission Bypass Pradeep Kakodkar said: “We are not against mining. Every individual has a right for business and trade. What we are demanding, however, is to provide proper infrastructure and then proceed further with the transportation of ore”.
He said there are hundreds of deaths taking place in Sanguem and Quepem due to the intense and rapid transportation of ore.
“We demand a dedicated bypass to mining. We want to live, allow us to live. You have no right to kill the basic right of a human being,” Kakodkar said.
The people have been demanding the mining bypass since 2008.The previous Congress government had also worked out a plan but the BJP government has done nothing even after a foundation stone was laid by then chief minister Manohar Parrikar.
“Laying of the foundation stone was just an eyewash to fool the people during the election,” Kakodkar said.
Kakodkar informed that they are also trying to explore the possibility of approaching Supreme Court of India for a solution but the court should be aware of the ground reality whether the rules are being adhered to here by the state government.
The proposal of the mining corridor came to a grinding halt in the state after the mining activity started. The first phase of the tender was already completed and work had started on the project. But midway, the contractor abandoned the project and soon thereafter, mining was banned in the state.

Herald Goa News

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