Mining will not happen in Parsa coal block allotted to Rajasthan, Minister TS Singhdev said – CM Bhupesh Baghel also agreed

Chhattisgarh Health Minister TS Singhdeo’s big statement has come out on Parsa coal block extension. Regarding Parsa East Kete Basen Extension allotted to Rajasthan Power Generation Company, Minister TS Singhdev has made it clear that these mines will not open. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has also given his consent for this. The villagers have been opposing the PKEB mine for almost a year. The state government had issued NOC for coal mining in the mine, but in opposition to the mine, TS Singhdev himself supported the villagers and said that if the bullet was fired, the first would hit me. After this stand of TS Singhdeo, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel also softened. He said that if the king does not want, then not even a single dangal of the tree will be cut.

Let us inform that excavation is going on at present in Parsa coal block allotted to Rajasthan Power Generation Company in Udaipur of Surguja district. Coal mining in this project, approved for the year 2023, is on the verge of ending. After this, the state government had given permission for mining for the Parsa East Kete Basen Extension project amid the opposition of the villagers. The villagers have been opposing the PKEB coal block for more than a year. People started surveillance in the forest after the administration and police started felling of trees for excavation. The villagers allege that for the coal project, the administration has given permission for the Gram Sabha in a fake manner. The felling of the trees could not take place due to the protest of the villagers. According to estimates, about 2 lakh trees were to be cut here.

Extension has 2 mines proposed

Health Minister TS Singhdeo said that he has no objection to the mines being operated in the past. The district administration can extend it with the consent of the villagers. About 90 percent of the villagers are opposing the Parsa East Kete Extension mine. TS Singhdeo said that Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has given his consent regarding the mine that the mine will not be opened and the process will be completed for this, that is, the process of canceling the approval of the mine will be done. The government will initiate the process of canceling the NOC due to heavy protests.

Approval of coal mining in 2711 hectares

The contract for development and mining of Parsa coal block allotted to Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited of Rajasthan is in the hands of Adani Enterprises. In the first phase, felling of trees was done from 841 hectares of forest land in Parsa coal block. In the second phase, coal mining in Parsa East-Kete-Basen coal block was approved in an area of ​​2711 hectares. It has 1898 hectares of forest area, in which 750 families of Parsa, Hariharpur, Fatehpur and Ghatbarra were proposed to be displaced. For the NOC of this mine, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had come to Raipur to meet CM Bhupesh Baghel. After him, the MD of Rajasthan Electricity Company has also come on a visit to Chhattisgarh to start the mine.

‘If Baba does not want, then Dagal will not be cut’

Supporting the protest against PKEB mine, Minister TS Singhdeo had said in front of the villagers that if the bullet is fired, then the first bullet will hit me. After this statement of the minister, Bhupesh Baghel said that Babasaheb’s (TS Singhdev) statement has come that the first bullet will hit me. There will be no chance of firing, only those who shoot will be shot first. CM Baghel had made it clear that if Baba does not want, then even a tree will not be cut. Let us tell you that the issue of felling of trees in Hasdeo Aranya had reached abroad including the country. Hasdev Bachao campaign was started in the country and abroad. Many social workers have also given their support to the villagers’ movement in Chhattisgarh. (Report: Manoj Kumar)

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