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500 villagers in TN invoke RTI Act on iron ore mine project

 

As Reported in June 17, 2008 chennaionline.com

 

Salem (Tamil Nadu), June 17 Over 500 villagers from about 50 villages

in and around Kanjamalai, opposed to the proposed iron ore mining in

vast tracts of reserve forest land in their area, today resorted to a

novel protest by invoking the Right to Information Act asking the

Tamil Nadu government to come clean with details of the project.

 

The villagers from in and around Kanjamalai in the district caught the

officials by surprise by barging enmasse into the District Forest

office here to present their petitions under the RTI Act, seeking

details such as who gave the lease order and how such a project can be

permitted in reserve forest land.

 

The state-owned Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation and

SISCOL have formed a joint venture for taking up mining in about 630

acres in Kanjamalai and according to reports the State government was

awaiting clearance from Union environment and Forest Ministry and

Department of Mines.

 

The villagers contended that mining in the area would lead to

ecological problems and affect their livelihood, District Forest

Officer V P Kandaswamy told - Agencies

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