Visakhapatnam

Farmers protest against illegal granite mining

Farmers from Kottakota in Ravikamatam mandal in the district taking out a protest rally in the village on Saturday.

Farmers from Kottakota in Ravikamatam mandal in the district taking out a protest rally in the village on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangment

They decry delay in taking action

Hundreds of farmers from Kottakota of Ravikamatam mandal took part in a protest rally in the village on Saturday to press for immediate action against granite stone mining in the catchment area of Kalyanapulova Reservoir.

Addressing the protestors, ‘Save Kalyanapulova Movement’ P.S. Ajaykumar questioned the motives behind not releasing the public hearing report organised by RDO, Narsipatnam in Z. Kottapatnam village on July 18. He said that delay in releasing the report was giving scope for suspicion among the farmers and adivasis affected by illegal mining.

He said the mining mafia, colluding with the officials, were continuing illegal mining despite promises by the authorities to stop it.

The protesters decried the delay in taking action against mining and alleged that mining in the catchment area was continuing unabated in spite of large-scale opposition, both from the farmers of the catchment area and adivasis, who were living in the vicinity of the mining site.

Desilting works

The protesters also demanded the immediate stoppage of illegal mining licences and taking up desilting works in the reservoir. Granite mining in the catchment area had led to led to groundwater contamination, social activist and former IAS officer E.A.S. Sarma and Human Rights Forum general secretary V.S. Krishna alleged in representations sent to the government earlier.

Why you should pay for quality journalism - Click to know more

Recommended for you
  1. Comments will be moderated by The Hindu editorial team.
  2. Comments that are abusive, personal, incendiary or irrelevant cannot be published.
  3. Please write complete sentences. Do not type comments in all capital letters, or in all lower case letters, or using abbreviated text. (example: u cannot substitute for you, d is not 'the', n is not 'and').
  4. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.
  5. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name, to avoid rejection.

Printable version | Mar 29, 2020 12:26:04 AM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Visakhapatnam/farmers-protest-against-illegal-granite-mining/article29311205.ece

Next Story