Thursday, February 7, 2008

Fomentos screening plant plans foiled in Colamb

Colamb villagers in Sanguem, Goa sent back two trucks full of machinery for its screeining plant at mining lease of Hiralal Khodidas TC No. 06/49. Trucks bearing Karnatak number plates KA34 8127 and another one KA34 7026 was intercepted by alert villagers at 1 pm today and forced to retreat. There were around 40 staff of the mining company along with the trucks when group of around 100 villagers blocked its entry to the road leading to Fomento mining site. Villagers are protesting operation of this open cast iron ore mine as it is negatively affected their agriculture. But all this does not matter to Fomentos: all that matters is quick bucks and nothing else.

In the meanwhile Gawda Kunbi Velip and Dhangar Federation(GAKUVED) today served 48 hours notice to the State administration to demolish the illegal weigh bridge constructed by Fomentos in forest land in Colamb. GAKUVED also served 48 hours notice to Chief Conservator of Forest to stop illegal road inside Colamb Forest to facilitate transpotation of iron ore for Fomentos. In case of failure of the department to do so then GAKUVED will exercise the Constitutional Fundamental Duty to protect Forests and environment and take suitable action.

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