To save the forests in Chhattisgarh, the tribal villagers did a 300 km padyatra

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Tribals on foot march to save Hasdeo forest area. Twitter
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Raipur: To save the forests present in the northern region of Chhattisgarh, a large number of villagers reached Raipur on Wednesday after traveling three hundred kilometers on foot in 10 days. Villagers have demanded cancellation of coal mining projects in Hasdeo Aranya area.

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Alok Shukla, a member of Hasdev Bachao Sangharsh Samiti, told here on Wednesday that to save the Hasdev Aranya area and plead for justice against the violation of the rights of Gram Sabhas, about 350 villagers reached Raipur today after a walk of three hundred kilometers. He said that most of them are women.

Shukla told that the Gond, Oraon, Pando and Kanwar tribal communities residing there are struggling to save Hasdeo Aranya for the last one decade. He said that the gram sabhas here have opposed the coal mining projects in the area.

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The tribals and villagers wrote “thousands of letters” highlighting the irregularities in the allocation and approval processes of mining projects in the area and made constant efforts to meet those responsible, he claimed. Tribals are constantly making every effort to save their water-forest-land and their dependent livelihood, livelihood and culture, but despite public protests, mining projects are being carried forward in the area.

He said that in such a situation, in order to protect their constitutional rights and to save the Hasdeo-Aranya region, a large number of tribal villagers of the area started a padyatra from Fatepur village of Surguja district on October 2, Gandhi Jayanti, which lasted for 10 days. Later today reached Raipur.

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