Thursday 30 March 2023

Hanuman Parab on Perils After Auctioning Goa's Iron Ore

After a lengthy litigation in the Supreme Court of India 88 mining leases in Goa was canceled few years ago. Stock of Iron Ore was required to be e-auctioned. Mines in Pissurlem are part of this cluster. In the video Hanuman Parab of Pissurlem village explains perils of e-auctioning after it took off. Rash driving by mining trucks has made village roads risky to move on. Accidents has increased on roads. Cattle due under the wheels of roaring trucks. Drunken driving goes unchecked. Roads have turned dusty back again. To remedy the situation Villagers had to approach Goa Bench of Bombay High again. However mining transporters it appears doesn't even care for the Courts any more. They have become law unto themselves. This cannot happen without the support of the Government machinery. In Pissurlem the Local Panchayat needs to act. Its local MLA Mrs. D. Rane has to act. They are not acting though.

Hanuman Parab has raised his voice courageously against mining industry even in face of Police repression. They have lost their paddy fields, the village itself has been displaced twice in past 70 years of mining history in the village. Decade and half ago he was ran over by mining truck on road and survived with many days at Goa Medical College.

Pissurlem village has plenty of water in abandoned mining pits but it is not shared with farmers like Hanuman Parab to enable them to cultivate paddy fields. Bharat Mukti Morcha supports Pissurlem people in the struggle around mining related issues and calls upon Goa Chief Minister to intervene and redress the grievances expressed by Hanuman Parab and others.

Pissurlem was once highest paddy cultivating village in entire Sattati Taluka. Mining has devastated entire backbone of agriculture in Pissurlem. Bharat Mukti Morcha calls for resurgence of Agriculture in Pissurlem and supply of water captive in village mining pits thereby restoring food security of Sattari taluka.

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