KOIRA, APRIL 27, 2022
The public hearing for JSW subsidiary Bhushan Steel & Power Limited’s Netrabandha Iron Ore Mines was successfully organized at Baladihi village under KoiraTahsil of Sundergarh district on Wednesday.
The public hearing was conducted as part of the statutory compliance for environmental clearance. Residents from periphery villages — Khajuridihi, Sonua, Boldihi and Patamunda of Netrabandha Iron Ore Mines participated in the hearing in large number.
State government officials – Deputy District Magistrate Pradeep Kumar Dang, Rourkela State Pollution Control Board Regional Officer Binod Bihari Das, Scientist Vijay Kumar Bhoi and Koida Tahsildar DS Subhadarshi Joshi – were present at the public hearing.
Over 500 villagers from periphery areas gathered at the event while 50 residents expressed their opinion in favour of the project.
With significant participation of villagers, the meeting was conducted smoothly in presence of many public representatives like Tushananda Kadali, Surendra Naik, Ashok Patra, Bipini Kadli, Damyanti Naik, Bonai MLA Laxman Munda, Chairman Suresh Naik, former Bonai MLA Bhimsen Chowdhury, former Bonai MLA Janardhan Dehuri and social worker Badal Barik. The representatives also spoke in favour of the company.
JSW COO Ranjan Nayak, Project Head Ashesh Kumar Padhy, Operation Head BRK Padhi and others were also present.
It was clearly communicated that there would be no displacement under this mining activity and the company would implement modern technology and adopt sustainable mining practices with effective environment management.
The Netrabandha Pahar block located in Sundargarh’s Koira sector has geological reserves of 77.25 million tonnes of which 61.9 million tonnes are high grade deposits.
The company is actively involved in periphery development in these villages even before its mining operation. An official said that company has renovated Anganbadis and provided learning equipment. The company has also installed around 30 solar street lights for the benefit of the villagers. It was also said that around 200 street lights are under installation process. The company is also addressing drinking water crisis by installing bore-well.
In addition, setting up of a dispensary is also in the pipeline to address health related issues of villagers. An ambulance will also be provided to cut the waiting time during health emergencies. Moreover, village level coordinators are recruited to provide persistent service at village level.
Most importantly, the company is opening up new opportunities to facilitate direct and indirect employment to the local people. Around 60 persons will get direct employment opportunity and close to 250 will receive indirect jobs.