Saturday, March 15, 2008

Fometos Wheel Loader sent back in Colamb

Wheel Loader of Fometos mining company today was sen back when it came to clear the illegal road through Forest. Women of the village then met the mining company manager and served strong warning signal in case it tries to resume transporting the Ore though Forest. Villagers here are exercising their constitutional duty to protect Environment and Forest. Mining company is trying to bulldoze its way over the Colamb villagers even as the Goa Bench of Bombay High Court has admitted the Petition in this regard on March 10 2008. Yesterday Forest department and Sanguem Police had stopped mining company from transporting the Ore and arrested two persons along with one truck and a Jeep seized.

There is long drawn battle going on in Colamb over the destruction of Forest and agriculture due to mining industry. There are 23 mining leases in Colamb alone covering 1510 hectares of land. Total village land is 1929 hectares. This is a situation for large number of villages in Sanguem and Quepem Talukas. Protests of the villagers are only rising with passing of every day.

Sebastian Rodrigues

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