Ray of hope for dolomite mine displaced
Finally, there seems to be a ray of hope for the displaced people of the Madharam Dolomite Mine of the RINL-operated Visakha Steel Plant (VSP). It’s been more than three decades since the villagers gave their land to the VSP hoping that they would get employment opportunity in the factory.
Khammam: Finally, there seems to be a ray of hope for the displaced people of the Madharam Dolomite Mine of the RINL-operated Visakha Steel Plant (VSP). It’s been more than three decades since the villagers gave their land to the VSP hoping that they would get employment opportunity in the factory.
However, that was not to be as the management continued to ignore its own promise. The VSP procured around 1,000 acres of land from 287 farmers in 1982 luring them with employment opportunities and development of the village. It may be mentioned here that dolomite is used in the manufacture of refractory bricks, fettling material and for the blast furnace.
The mineral available here was of high quality and its mining in the region could last at least a century. Initially, the company provided employment to 70 oustees and ignored the claims of 127 oustees. Later, the company removed 30 employees, working as security guards, out of the 70.
Despite a hue and cry raised by the displaced supported by all parties, the management carried its mining activity unabatedly. Though it was resolved in 1997 and 2006 that the management should provide jobs and develop the village, the VSP failed to stand on its word. Fed up with the management, the displaced persons even knocked the doors of judiciary.
This apart, development has become a mirage for this village with neither the government nor the mine management under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) coming to their rescue. Against this backdrop, Wyra MLA Banoth Madan Lal, who held a meeting with the Kothagudem RDO MV Ravindranath, VSP executive directors SK Gupta and RP Srivastava and general manager RV Rao on Wednesday, said: “The VSP management has agreed to provide employment to 40 oustees.” He appealed to the management to complete the recruitment process as quickly as possible.