Korba. The government had prepared an elephant corridor project to save the forests of the Hasdeo Aranya area of Chhattisgarh. But now, the new coal mines are getting clearance slowly in those areas. After Gare Palma, there is going to be an environmental clearance for the Kete Basan coal mines. The Chhattisgarh Environment Protection Board organized a public hearing on July 14 for the Kete Ascension coal block in the Hasdeo Aranya area.
A private company will mine in this block received by the Rajasthan government. Due to which 4348 acres of dense forest area will get destroyed. The Kete extension block, which is a catchment of the Hasdeo river and comes under the purview of the proposed Lemru Elephant Reserve, had, in January, objected to the notification of land acquisition by the Chhattisgarh Mineral Department. Alok Shukla, the convener of Chhattisgarh Bachao Andolan, said that the Mineral Department had sent a letter to the Union Coal Ministry. They had registered an objection to the notification of land acquisition in January 2021. The government took this step after protests by social institutions and local tribals. But once again, the process of the public hearing is underway.
The affected villagers alleged that the Rajasthan government was destroying the dense forests of Hasdeo. The capacity of the operating mine has already increased by 10 to 15 tonnes. The Rajasthan government has given its four blocks to Adani on MOD, which have a total capacity of 26 tonnes. After Parsa East, Kete Basan coal block, land acquisition of Parsa coal block was without Gram Sabha approval.