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Sesa Goa usurps village land in Naveli, Bicholim, Goa
Posted by sebydesiolim on Tue 21 of Aug, 2007 11:26 IST

For their Pig Iron Ore Plant Sesa Goa has established control over 25 lakh square meters of land in Naveli village of Bicholim Takula in Goa. This was disclosed by a vigilant villager Nilkhant Gawas at Seminar on "Environmental Issues of Goa: Mining, Sponge and Pig Iron Ore Plants" organised at Government middle school, Naveli by Nature Environment Society and Transformations (NEST) in collaboration with Naveli Village Panchayat and Shikshan Sanghatna, Naveli on August 19 2007.

Bcause of Sesa's Pig Iron Ore Plant that borders Amona village, village is polluted with graphite and innumerable sickneses have come about. There are two beneficiation plants in the village to wash iron ore for exports that fetch foreign exchange for India and fortunes for mining companies.

Sesa Goa earlier was Italian company, in the mid 1990s it was taken over by Japanese company Mitsui and in 2007 it is purchased by Anil Agrawal owned Vedanta group known for poor environmental records. Sesa Goa also has other mining sites in villages such as Pissurlem, in Sattari, Goa where it has destroyed this village with other mining companies. Sesa Goa is biggest mining companies in Iron Ore exports trade in India.

The other land grabbers are mining companies Damodar Mangaljis 4 lakh square meters, Dempo mining corporation 3.5 lakh square meters, Fomento mining company 2.5 lakh square meters, Timblos mining company 1.5 lakh square meters, and former cop Santoba Desai 50,000 square meters of land.

The total land grab of the village amounts to 37 lakh square meters. Industry is trying hard to quell the protest in Naveli. It remains to seen as to how long they are able to postpone the oncoming hurricane.

Sebastian Rodrigues

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