Team visits villages likely to be affected

The Human Rights Forum (HRF) on Tuesday demanded cancellation of the February 13 public hearing on environmental impact of the proposed Kalyanikhani open cast project (OCP) to mine coal at Mandamarri town in Adilabad district. The organisation alleged that the hearing would take place in extremely dubious circumstances, including locals being kept in dark about the actual impact of the OCP on their lives.

A HRF fact finding team comprising its State general secretary V.S. Krishna from Visakhapatnam and Adilabad district president Atram Bhujang Rao interacted with people of Yerraguntapally, Dubbagudem and Peddanapalle villages in Mandamarri and Kasipet mandals before making this demand. While all the 120 households in Dubbagudem will be displaced, the farmers from the other two villages will lose a substantial part of their agriculture lands.

Mr. Krishna told The Hindu that none of the villagers has any knowledge about the proposed project or its prospective impact on their lives which makes the exercise meaningless.

“While the 400-page environmental impact assessment report is printed in English, the 17-page truncated Telugu version of the report contains hardly any information for villagers to form an opinion of their own on the subject”, he pointed out.