Gadkari signals severe disaster for Orissa

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

In an interaction with rightwing intellectuals at Bhuaneswar in the evening of 10th June, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari informed that the central government is to add a second port at Paradip at the current estimated cost of Rs.8200 crores to equip it with 325 MT capacity by 2025. Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd will be asked to enhance its coal exploitation to 300 million tons, the entire of which shall be transported to Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Tamil Nadu, Maharastra and Gujarat for thermal power plants through ships, he declared.

This would bring in severe disaster for Orissa.

This splendid land will be completely denuded of her natural resources by such mindless mining.

To divert public attention from such disastrous design of Modi Government, fringes are being suddenly developed to pursue issues such as prohibition.

Thinking minds of Orissa should come together and call for a total stoppage of mining in interest of the future generations.

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