Rajkot: Some confusing geological changes have occurred near the lignite mining site operated by Gujarat Power Corporation (GPCL) in Moti Hoydad, a coastal village of Ghogha Taluk in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat. On November 16, villagers’ claims that the land had risen by about 30 to 40 feet had raised the curiosity of environmental experts.
Villagers have claimed that the mining area is about 700 meters long and 300 meters wide. The area surrounding the mine comprises 12 villages, with a population of 33,000, who rely mainly on agricultural activities.
Members of the Prayaran Safety Committee visited the site on 25 November with GPCL, Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB), Mamalathar and Bhavnagar Assistant Collectors The committee on Monday sent a letter to the chief secretary and the environmental watchdog demanding that mining be stopped immediately.
Committee member Rohit Prajapati told TOI, “There are some geographical changes taking place in the area that will prove detrimental to the villages.” The letter alleges that the GPCB failed to review and monitor the implementation of the compliance report submitted by the GPCL every six months.
Bhavnagar District Collector Garang Makwana told TOI, “We have asked the geologists to submit a report on the incident. Geologists have already visited the place. I cannot order the work to cease until I have a scientific report indicating the same. If the preliminary report suggests something extraordinary, we will be roping in expert agencies to review the matter. ”


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