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Adani given 20 Sept deadline to comply, mining activity to resume

Ejaz Kaiser, Hindustan Times  Raipur, September 02, 2014
First Published: 23:10 IST(2/9/2014) | Last Updated: 23:12 IST(2/9/2014)

Six-hour long negotiations on Tuesday defused the tension among the tribals who had stalled mining activities of Adani enterprises in Parsa and Kante Basan coal mines area of Ambikapur district, north Chhattisgarh, for five days. Over a thousand villagers and five Adani officials were present during the dialogue.

“We have given Adani officials a deadline of 20th September to begin the work of rehabilitation of the tribals whose lands were acquired for mining. If they (Adani) don’t comply then I will be the first person to lock the gate of the company here”, NN Ekka, additional collector (Ambikapur), told HT.

Getting written assurances from both, officials of Adani group and the administration, the tribals decided to call off their protest and the production at the mining site will resume from Wednesday, the officer said.

Progress made by the company on the tribals’ demands would be monitored by the administration in the presence of villagers on the first Sunday of every month.

Tribal residents of four villages in the area were protesting against the Adani enterprises for the latter's alleged failure to comply with their "commitments".

Adani group bagged the Parsa East & Kante Basin coal mines contract for the entire operations from Rajashthan Rajya Vidhyut Nigam Limited, which got the block in Ambikapur district in 2007. According to the agreement, the Adani Enterprises will work as mine developer-cum-operator through its subsidiary Adani Mining.

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