DC Mon cautions on hazards of coal mining
Dimapur, March 1
Deputy Commissioner, Mon, Angau I Thou, has called upon the people to desist from random illegal coal mining in the region as she said it would have negative impact on human lives and environment and also pose an obstacle towards development of the proposed administrative headquarter and Special Development Zone.The Deputy Commission said this in her interaction with the people during the visit to Hota Hoti, Namthai, Upper & Lower Tiru and Wapnyu villages on February 27 for establishment of administrative headquarter at Tiru valley and Special Development Zone in the foothill areas of Naginimora, Tiru and Tizit and visit to the coal mining areas at Tiru and Naginimora.
Interacting with the people, the Deputy Commissioner, Mon, Angau I Thou, has emphasized on imparting quality education in the schools and urged the people to focus on quality education and move forward for all round development.
Citing that the world has become competitive, she said without quality education the people would continue to remain in the same situation without development.
Stressing on the need to develop administrative headquarter in the area and for the Special Development Zone to explore the potentiality of the rich land for the benefit of the people, the Deputy Commissioner called upon the people to desist from random illegal coal mining in the region as she said it has negative impact on the lives and environment which would result in obstacle to the proposed administrative headquarter and Special Development Zone.
President of Konyak Union, Manlip, has appealed the people to stop random coal mining in the area and pave way for the proposed administrative headquarter and Special Development Zone initiated by the government for the development of the people. While appreciating the government for initiating Special Development Zone, he appealed to the people to abstain from obstruction to development but to extend cooperation and support to the government for any development works.
Regarding foothills road, he urged the people to cooperate with the department concerned to enable the government to expedite the work and complete it at the earliest.
He informed the people that random excavation of coal have damaged the rich land and would affect the future generations if immediate measures are not adopted and also cautioned that if it continues all living things including plants would be extinct and the rich land would turn to wasteland. He also informed the people that coal mining would be encouraged on condition it is done scientifically without creating hazards to life and environment.
The team expressed shock to see the mining areas as the whole mining area had been turned to a heap of hillocks by the excavated earth and the mining hole turned to ponds filled with dark acid water emitting foul smell. The mining has not only destroyed the charming beauty of the nature but even threatened human life including plants and animals for survival because the whole mining areas have been polluted.
The team comprised of DC Mon, President KU, ADC Naginimora, SDO Civil (Sadar) Mon, DFO (Forest) Mon, SDEO (Education) Mon, and Tizit, BDO Wakching, DPRO Mon, representatives from KNSK and KSU. The team also visited the proposed administrative headquarter site, Shingphan wildlife sanctuary, roads and inspected the areas from Naginimora to Tizit via Tiru.