Herald: Caurem villagers turn to CM to stop operation at Devapan Mine
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Caurem villagers turn to CM to stop operation at Devapan Mine

26 Nov 2010 12:00am IST
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26 Nov 2010 12:00am IST

MARGAO, NOV 25 Caurem villagers under the banner of Caurem Adivasi Bachao Samiti on Thursday sought the intervention of the Chief Minister and the Indian Bureau of Mines to stop the mining operation at the Devapan Mine immediately.

Caurem villagers turn to CM to stop operation at Devapan Mine
HERALD REPORTER
MARGAO, NOV 25  
Caurem villagers under the banner of Caurem Adivasi Bachao Samiti on Thursday sought the intervention of the Chief Minister and the Indian Bureau of Mines to stop the mining operation at the Devapan Mine immediately.
The villagers called on the Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat at his Malbhat residence here this morning and impressed upon him the need to stop the operation with immediate effect. They reminded the Chief Minister about his promise to inspect the village along with the residents and to stop the mining activity if the operations were found illegal.
After giving a patient hearing, the Chief Minister promised to seek immediate details from the Director of Mines and initiate action as per law.
The villagers later headed to the Indian Bureau of Mines, Fatorda and submitted a memorandum, reminding the authorities to the destruction of the ground water aquifer and springs.
“Devapan literally means God’s sacred grove, signifying the exceptional significance of the life giving ecological wealth of this hill”, the residents said.
The residents pointed out that the mining activity have caused havoc to the water and agriculture in the village, as confirmed to the show cause notice used by the Goa State Pollution Control Board on October 22, 2010.
Saying that the residents of Caurem village are Scheduled Tribe members and other forest dwellers, they said their traditional rights over the forest land, including the land under this mining lease and lands contiguous with them, are now finally recognised by the Union government under the Forest Rights Act.
“The Environmental clearance is also based on the false data including in the rapid EIA & Management plant report, which states that there exist no tribals in the 22 villages”, the residents said.
The memorandum requested the Indian Bureau of Mines to carry out a thorough investigation into the illegalities and pass an order against any mining or dewatering operations at the Devapan Dongor mine to prevent further irreversible damage to the village and environment.

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