|July 25, 2012 at 12:11 am #3617|
Source/Reference: Herald, “Dharbandora women oppose resumption of ore transportation”
Women from the taluka of Dharbandora on Saturday strongly opposed resumption of ore transportation during monsoons, even as district Collector, South N D Agrawal has reserved his orders on the hearing conducted today on the controversial issue.
Rallying under the banner of Dharbandora Self Help Groups, around 30 groups of women told the district Collector that they are strongly opposed to resumption of ore transportation during the rainy season. “The Collector has recorded our views on the subject and has promised to give his order within three days”, Reema Naik of Dharbandora SHG Federation told newsmen outside the Collectorate building.
She, however, warned that they will oppose ore transportation during the rains irrespective of the Collector’s order. “Even if the order goes against us, we will not allow the transportation to take place. We also have mining trucks, but transportation should be banned during the three month monsoon period”, she added.
The district Collector had fixed hearing of the concerned parties, namely the mining companies, truck owners, NGOs and the village Panchayats to elicit their views on the issue following public outcry.
Ore transportation was banned by the district Collector on June 11, but was relaxed 16 days later on June 27. Till date, however, mining transportation remains banned with the Collector scrutinizing the applications made by the mining companies for transportation.