Goa: Ore trucks blocked in Cauvrem

Hundreds of villagers from tribal hamlet of Cauvrem in Goa today blocked trucks carrying iron ore demanding compensation for their damaged crops.

Last Updated: Mar 12, 2012, 15:04 PM IST

Panaji: Hundreds of villagers from tribal
hamlet of Cauvrem in Goa today blocked trucks carrying iron
ore demanding compensation for their damaged crops.

Police said the trucks were ferrying ore from a mining
lease owned by Magnum Private Limited.

The agitated villagers are demanding compensation from
mine owners for the damage caused for their crops like chilly
and rice due to dust pollution arising from the mining site.

The village, last year, had witnessed major agitation
resulting in closure of five mines, which were working without
proper licenses.

Villagers said the trucks plying ore for Magnum Private
Limited were stopped from December onwards but suddenly they
started the transportation this morning.

State Mines department director Arvind Lolienkar said
the issue has to be handled by transport department or local
administration.

"There is permission for the mine owner to extract ore.
It is for the local administration or transport department to
look into it," he said.

The locals have decided not to allow the trucks ply on
the road till they are paid compensation.

Police officials said the situation is under control as
the trucks were sent back to the mining site.

Goa has been witnessing sporadic protests in the iron
ore rich mining belt due to increase in pollution owing to
trucks carrying ore.

PTI