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Villagers opposed to exploring limestone

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By Our Reporter

 SHILLONG: The residents of Sumer Patorship in Jaintia Hills which covers around 20 villages have opposed the decision of Raliang Elaka Daloi C Lyngdoh to issue No Objection Certificate (NOC) to Rutnga Mines Limited which is a firm from Jharkhand for exploring limestone deposits in the area.

“The land where the firm is planning to carry out the exploration of limestone is surrounded by villages which has substantial number of human population. If the exploration of limestone is allowed to take place then it would have a huge impact on the health of the villagers,” Sumer Patorship secretary A Paslein told reporters while addressing a press conference here on Wednesday.

He said that the company has temporarily suspended its activities due to opposition from the villagers.

Meanwhile, Sumer Patorship secretary also said that they also strongly oppose the decision of the Daloi to conduct the election of the Pator (Head of the Patorship).

“We would like the JHADC to conduct the election by way of secret ballot,” he said while informing that the JHADC in August last had attempted to hold the election but later the Shillong Bench of Gauhati High Court stayed the election after the Daloi filed a writ petition.

Paslein also alleged that since the Daloi is functioning from his office, there are many occasions he would allot the land holdings which has been allotted to other people creating confusion among the villagers.

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