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NGOs ‘up in arms’ over Rio Tinto’s projects

10 february 2014

In the wake of Rio Tinto applying for clearances to mine for diamonds at Bunder in Bundelkhand region, the international mining company is now facing stumbling blocks in the form of two NGOs that claimed that the proposed move to award a contract for diamond mining would lead to large-scale destruction of the environment and affect the local tribal population.
"The decision of the Centre and the state government may provide employment to over 400 persons, but that would be at the cost of nearly 5,000 tribals who will lose their right to livelihood because of the project. The project will cause irreparable damage to the environment," assert the Heads of the NGOs, H. Dwivedi and Harikishan. According to them, the proposed site for the mine is in an area which is densely forested, has rich wildlife of, among others, leopards, bears, spotted-deers and monkeys. They have also accused the Government of compromising on the buffer zone of Panna Tiger Reserve for the sake of Rio Tinto.
According to reports, the people of the Baskwaha area are opposed to the proposed project and have organized a ‘protest gathering’ on the issue on February 9, 2014. In addition, a public hearing would be held at Kasera, while a hunger strike and protest march are also to be organized to express opposition to the project.
However, Rio Tinto has denied NGO's charges on environment, rehabilitation etc.,  claiming that the company plays a leading role in helping set a new benchmark for sustainable development for the Bunder project, and it also recognizes that significant obligations are attached to accessing land for mining purposes.
According to a company statement, Rio Tinto has been working with local communities to contribute to the ongoing development and every village around the project has benefitted in terms of availability of water, improved agricultural practices and vocational training, health and nutrition programs. Regarding the issue of environment, Rio Tinto has not yet started mining or engaged in illegal mining in contravention of the Forest Conservation Act. Besides, the proposed Bunder lease area is actually 954 hectares which is part of the Buxwaha protected forest and has no villages or human habitat. The company also claimed that it had been spearheading studies into wildlife habitats of the Buxhawa region, identifying animal and bird species in the area and their habitats and has signed an MoU with the Bombay Natural History Society to support a number of wildlife management initiatives over a five year period.

Aruna Gaitonde, Rough&Polished correspondent in India