Congress MP from Peddapalli G. Vivekanand has faulted the decision of the Singareni Company Collieries Limited (SCCL) to hold a public hearing at KK-2 Mines in Mandamarri mandal of Adilabad district on Wednesday.

Responding to the pleas of the villagers of Kasipet mandal in the district, Dr. Vivekanand said the public hearing for open cast mining should be held within the radius of five km of the affected area so as to enable the people to express their views.

He alleged that SCCL had not fulfilled its earlier promise and opposed setting up of open cast mine in the area. He pointed out that open cast mining would lead to depletion of groundwater table, cracks on the walls of houses, pollution and affect forest.