What is happening in Hasdeo Arand Forest Land
Currently, in Chattisgarh, a protest has been outbreak regarding hasdeo arand, hasedo is a forest that is 1,70,000 hectares large and is located in Chhattisgarh. It is spread over more than three districts which are Korba, surguja and SurajPur
the protest is started to revolt again after a whole decade on April 6, when the government approved to start the of mining activity in the forest on a total area of 1136 hectares in PKEB coal mine.
In March 2022, 762 hectares of forest were cut down to complete the first phase of mining there. A total of 2711 hector of 15 million tons per annum was given to RRVUNL in 2007.
Still, due to no coal supply, the government of Rajasthan is pressurizing the Chhattisgarh government to start the second phase of coal mining in the hasdeo Arand forest.
Due to that, the government of Chattisgarh has also approved to start of the second phase of the coal mining in the surguja and Suraj Pur districts. The mining is estimated to start on 6th April, and the capacity of the second phase is around 5MTPA.
Dependence of Rajasthan on Chattisgarh
To produce electricity in Rajasthan, Rajasthan is dependent on Chattisgarh for its coal supply. Coal produces 4340 MW of electricity in Rajasthan.
When the chief minister of Rajasthan visited Raipur, he said: “the electricity supply of the Rajasthan will be affected if the supply of the coal will affect it. And he also mentioned that Rajasthan is dependent on Chhatisgarh for the electricity supply.
Assembly of adivasi’s
The community of Adivasi gathered in Fatehpur on 2nd October 2021. It was a very large village assembly, and it was based on a discussion on how to save the forest and stop the coal mining activity in hasdeo Arand forest; the forest is also known as the “lungs of Chhatisgarh.”
many people take stand for save hasdeo and using #savehasdeo hastags all over the social media so if you saerch #savehasdeo on any social media you will get more information about this situation.
It is a home to various species and various indigenous communities, which involves Kunwar, gond and oraon.
The mining activity has displaced Over 700 people living in the forest. FIR has also been filed against the activist; the lights of the animals and the indigenous community living in the forest have also been threatened.
After a whole decade, the mining activity in the hasdeo Arand forest has started again; hasdeo Arand is a forest which is located in Chhatisgarh and covers more than three districts; it is spread over 1,70,000 hectares of the area.
the Chattisgarh government has approved the start the mining activity in the forest once again, on 6th April that is in phase one a total of 762 hectares of land were cut off. This deforestation is happening because of coal mining, and the Rajasthan is dependent on Chattisgarh for electricity production.
Frequently asked questions
What is the main reason which triggers hasdeo deforestation?
Rajasthan is dependent on Chhattisgarh for its electricity. Most of the Rajasthan receives its electricity from the coal mining in Chattisgarh. The Rajasthan government is pressuring the Chhattisgarh government to start coal mining in the hasdeo forest.
What is the total area of Hasdeo Arand forest?
Hasdeo Arand forest is spread over one like 70,000 hectares of area, and it covers more than three districts which involve Korba, surguja and SurajPur.
When was the first phase started?
The first phase of mining was started back in March 2022, and until now, there is a total of 762 hectares of land cut.
How many indigenous communities live in the hasdeo forest?
A total of three indigenous communities live in the hasdeo forest: Kunwar, gond and oraon, and there are also many species of animal leaves in the forest.