Public hearing for JSW Netrabandha Iron Ore Mines held 

Bhubaneswar : The public hearing for JSW subsidiary Bhushan Steel & Power Limited’s Netrabandha Iron Ore Mines was successfully organized here on April 27, 2022 at Baladihi village under Koira Tahsil of Sundergarh district.

As part of statutory compliance, the public hearing was conducted in a peaceful manner for the requisite of environment clearance. Residents from periphery villages like Khajuridihi, Sonua, Boldihi & Patamunda of Netrabandha Iron Ore Mines participated in the hearing in large number.

State government officials like Deputy District Magistrate Pradeep Kumar Dang, Rourkela State Pollution Control Board Regional Officer Binod Bihari Das, Scientist Vijay Kumar Bhoi, Koida Tahsildar DS Subhadarshi Joshi were present at the public hearing.

Over 500 villagers from periphery areas gathered at the event while 50 residents expressed their opinion in favour of the project. With significant participation of villagers, the meeting was conducted smoothly in presence of many public representatives like  Tushananda Kadali, Surendra Naik, Ashok Patra, Bipini Kadli, Damyanti Naik, Bonai MLA Laxman Munda, Chairman Suresh Naik, former Bonai MLA Bhimsen Chowdhury, former Bonai MLA Janardhan Dehuri and Social worker Badal Barik. The representatives also supported in favour of the company.

Company’s authorities like JSW COO Ranjan Nayak, Project Head Ashesh Kumar Padhy, Operation Head B R K Padhi and others were also present. It was clearly communicated that there would be no displacement under this mining activity and the company would implement modern technology and adopt sustainable mining practices with effective environment management.

The Netrabandhan Pahar block located in Sundargarh’s Koira sector has geological reserves of 77.25 million tones of which 61.9 million tones are high grade deposits. The company is actively involved in periphery development in these villages even before its mining operation. An official said that company has renovated Anganbadis and provided learning equipment.

The company has also installed around 30 solar street lights for the benefit of the villagers.It was also said that around 200 street lights are under installation process. The company is also addressing drinking water crisis by installing bore-well.

In addition, a mega health camp will be continued in project areas. Setting up a dispensary is also in pipeline to address health related issues of villagers. An ambulance will also be provided to cut wait time during health emergencies. Moreover, Village level coordinators are recruited who can provide persistent service at village level. Most importantly, the company is opening up of new opportunities to facilitate direct and indirect employment to the local people. It was said that around 60 persons will get direct employment opportunity and close to 250 will receive indirect jobs.