Vedanta assures redressal to villagers
ROURKELA: The district administration successfully held a meeting with the project’s affected persons of four villages on Wednesday, breaking the deadlock over the operationalization of Vedanta Ltd.’s Jamkani coal mining project in Hemgir block of Sundargarh. Following the execution of the mining lease and the mine opening permit obtained by Vedanta, the meeting was conducted in the village of Jamkani.
In addition, previously on June 8, the villagers impacted by the project had declined to attend a similar meeting requested by the administration. According to Sub-Collector Abhimanyu Behera, the firm executives expressed a desire to address any reasonable issues and demands made by the people. He added that the residents wanted the administration to call another meeting with representatives from all four communities. We’ll soon decide on a new date, Behera stated.
The Sub-Collector reported that the villagers wanted the R&R Colony to be developed and wanted CSR initiatives for peripheral development to resume that had been put on hold for the previous ten years.
The gathering was attended by more than 100 residents of the villages of Jamkani, Girisima, Jharpalam, and Mendra.
The aluminium juggernaut signed a Coal Mine Development and Production Agreement (CMDPA) with the Ministry of Coal after winning the Jamkani coal block at auction, and on February 10, 2020, the vesting order was issued.