Eco group says it wasn't allowed to meet CEC

The Hospet-based NGO has prepared a report highlighting how various iron ore industries, including Ramgad Mines and Minerals Limited, MSPL, Banashankari Iron Ore Mines and Dalmia Cements, were polluting the Tungabhadra dam area in Hospet.

Repeated efforts

Samrakshna Samiti President S Srinivasa Reddy said that he, along with 40 members of the Samiti, made repeated efforts to submit their report to the CEC. But it did not yield result.

“We saw the CEC members meeting MSPL’s Executive Director Meda Venkataiah, former MP Pullaiah and others, at Vaikunta Guest House in Hospet. But when it came to our NGO, we were stopped by the DC, SP and DFO.

Hopefully we will be allowed to be meet the CEC members tomorrow. Our interest is only to convey how many iron ore firms are polluting the TB dam. When MSPL people can be heard by the CEC, why not an NGO which is fighting against the dam getting polluted?,” he said.

Rivers being polluted

Reddy said, about an year ago, the Samiti submitted its report explaining how the industries were polluting rivers in Hospet region.

“The CEC has so far not heard us or reacted to our complaints. It is strange. The CEC must take note of all the complaints it is receiving. It should give audience to those who are trying to save the environment,” he said.

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