Balpakram Uranium proposal Rejected ;
Coal Mines around the Park
Friends, with great pleasure we
would like to share with you the news that the proposal for exploratory
drilling in Balpakram National Park has been rejected by the Ministry
Environment and Forests. In addition, the Ministry has also pressed the
government to close all illegal coal mines around the park. A
statement from the Garo Hills Anti Mining Forum on this subject is
below. A note from the Ministry of Environment and Forests on this can
We would like to thank several of
you who responded to our calls for help with this campaign and invite
celebrate this victory along with us. In conservation, victories are
far between; however, the campaign to protect the Balpakram Baghmara
has seen considerable success in the recent past. We would like to
all of you, our supporters and well wishers, the joy and elation of
Even as we celebrate, we gird
ourselves for sterner battles ahead - the state that we work in is
ravaged by illegal mining coal and limestone mining; and we are losing
faster than ever - mostly to monoculture plantations. Over the next
year we are
gearing for a major push against illegal mining as well as habitat
We invite you to share this wonderful journey with us.
As always, none of what we do would
be possible without your help. Please consider making a
support our work. Volunteering opportunities too are
contact Arpan Sharma (9868878793; email@example.com) for more details.
Junction, Bolsalgre, Baghmara, South
proposal and orders closure of
Coal Mines around the Park
Garo Hills Anti Mining Forum
hails the decision of the standing committee of the national board for
(NBWL) to reject a proposal of the department of atomic energy for
drilling for Uranium in Balpakram national park. Further the NBWL has
the state government of Meghalaya to ensure that all illegal coal mines
vicinity of Balpakram are shut down with immediate effect. These
taken at a meeting of the NBWL held on 14 May 2010. Please see attached
from the Ministry of Environment and Forests on this subject.
and foremost the Garo Hills
Anti Mining Forum congratulates Mr. Jairam Ramesh for having stood by
reputation of being a friend of the people of the north east and of
decisions. We look forward to continued stewardship on his part,
to rid Meghalaya of the cancer of illegal private coal and limestone
that is ravaging the social and environmental fabric of our state.
Garo Students' Union has once
again proven itself to be the sentinel of the Garo people by having led
agitation against illegal private coal mining as well as spearheading
uranium campaign. The firmness and swiftness of the GSU's response has
key factor for this success. The Garo Hills Anti Mining Forum looks
continued leadership on part of the GSU in the ongoing battle against
private coal and limestone mining.
Chief Minister Dr. Mukul Sangma
played an important part by carrying our voice to the Prime Minister's
For this we are grateful to him. Similarly, Mr. PA. Sangma too
weight behind the agitation and provided much needed boost to the
moral support of our local MLA Mr. Satto Marak has been an important
our campaign. We welcome the support of our political leadership and
forward to similar support on their part in bringing to an end the
illegal private coal and limestone mining as well.
Enviro Legal Defence Firm have been true friends of the Garo people
having supported the anti mining campaign for the last few years. We
to their ongoing support.
needed support in the cyber world while Kashmira Kakati
Sally Walker of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group responded immediately
call for help.
the other hand we condemn the
stand of the chief wildlife warden of Meghalaya for according hasty
to the project. He has proven himself incapable of holding office for
given this clearance without ascertaining either the ecological
the project or the mood of the people. The wildlife of Meghalaya has
considerably because of the ham handed manner in which the wildlife
being run and we call upon the government to give us an active and
conscientious chief wildlife warden.
this victory, the Garo Hills
Anti Mining forum announces the launch of a vigorous campaign
Garo Hills against illegal private coal and limestone mines. These are
destroying our social fabric and our land and putting the future of our
at stake. We will not permit short term gains for a few to ruin our
our future. We call upon every right thinking citizen to join us in our
forthcoming campaign taking strength from our recent victories.
Garo Hills Anti Mining Forum is
a conglomeration of organizations and citizens against illegal,
or socially harmful mining - 1. Garo Students' Union, 2. Youth
Vigilance Committee, 3. Southern Youth and Cultural Organization, 4.
Cultural Organization, 5. Siju Eco Tourism and Cultural Society, 6.
Trust, 7. Achik Tourism Society, 8. Siju Youth Socio-Cultural
Tura Government College Students' Union, 10. Integrated People for
Conservation, 11. ECHO, Rongara.