The logjam over the coal blocks operated by Adani Mining Pvt Ltd in Ambikapur district ended on Tuesday after an agreement was signed between the affected villagers, company and local administration.
The company operates two coal blocks of Kete Basan and Parsa East in the area. Demanding proper compensation, rehabilitation and jobs as promised earlier, local villagers began a dharna on the premises last week and forced the company to suspend all operations.
In the agreement, the company agreed to begin rehabilitation work from September 20. It was also decided that the company management and district administration would hold a monthly meeting to discuss the demands of affected villagers. “If rehabilitation work doesn’t begin by the given date I will lock the company’s premises,” ADM N Ekka told the gathering of villagers, who said that if their demands are not met they would begin fresh protests.
“We welcome today’s developments. We will follow the advise of the administration in true spirit,” Anurag Tyagi, Liaisoning Manager of the company, said.
The villagers of Kete and Parsa lost their farmlands and forest land following the acquisition by the company. “They were to be rehabilitated in the first phase but the work is not yet over. As per MoEF rules individual and community forest rights were to be implemented before diverting land but it has not yet happened,” Chhattisgarh Bachao Andolan’s convener Alok Shukla said.