Koraput, Jan 7:
Tribals of several villages in and around Kadu hills in Koraput district are up in arms against china clay mining in the hills claiming mining will dry up water sources in the areaand affect their lives.
The tribals are agitating under the banner of ‘Chitua Mati Dongor Surakhya Samiti’. The Samiti’s president Gobardhan Jani said the livelihood of people living in ten villages in and around Kadu hills will be badly affected if mining takes place as the hills have a large number of water sources on which they depend for their living. He said mining activities will not only dry up water resources but also hit the tribals hard.
“Mining has begun in the hills recently and we have opposed it. If the government doesn’t take cognizance of our problems and takes no steps to stop mining in the Kadu hills we will be forced to step up our agitation,” Jani said.
Meanwhile, the villagers have submitted a memorandum to the district administration for necessary action in this regard.
An Andhra-based company has obtained the lease to mine china clay from Kadu hill spread over Mali Khuduni, Hata Suku, Paraja Khuduki, Kumar Gandhana, Hingerput and Lengi Suku, in 2006, said officials in the office of the deputy director of mines here.
Koraput collector Sachin Jadhav has assured the villagers that he would look into their demands and take appropriate steps.
The district unit of BJD’s youth wing has also opposed mining in the hills.