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Earth rises 40 feet near Guj lignite mine site | India News

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RAJKOT: Some puzzling geological changes have been observed near the lignite mining site operated by Gujarat Power Corporation (GPCL) in a coastal village of Moti Hoidad in Ghogha taluka of Gujarat’s Bhavnagar district. On November 16, statements by villagers marking the rise of a patch of land between 30 and 40 feet piqued the curiosity of environmental experts.
Villagers claimed that a piece of land about 700 meters long and 300 meters wide has been raised in the mining area. The area surrounding the mine comprises 12 villages with a population of 33,000 that depend mainly on agricultural activities.
Members of Prayavaran Suraksha Samiti visited the site on November 25 along with officials from GPCL, Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB), mamlatdar and Bhavnagar’s collection assistant. On Monday, the Samiti sent a letter to the general secretary and also to the environmental watchdog agencies demanding an immediate halt to mining work.
Rohit Prajapati, a member of the Samiti, told TOI: “There are some geological changes taking place in the area that can be disastrous for the villages.” The letter also alleged that GPCB did not review or monitor the implementation of the compliance report, which GPCL submits every six months.
Bhavnagar district harvester Gaurang Makwana told TOI: “We have asked a geologist to report on the incident. Geologists have already visited the site. I cannot order the work to stop until I have a scientific report suggesting the same. If the main report indicates something extraordinary, we will seek expert agencies to investigate the matter. ”

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