These days a diamond mining project has been passed in Madhya Pradesh. This is not the first time that people are opposing the project, which comes under Sagoria village of Buxwaha tehsil of Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. Which belongs to an area of 382.131 hectares of protected BUXWAHA FOREST. The project is proposed to be allotted to Diamond Block. But there are many intricacies associated with this controversial project that need to be investigated.
However, to get these diamonds, the valuable natural resources of this forest – herbs and other trees will be cut. In which there is a wealth of natural resources of the forest including teak, cane, behada, banyan, jamun, tendu, arjuna, and other medicinal trees which is a total of 2,15,875 trees, all of them will have to be cut. Rio Tinto Exploration India Pvt Ltd is pursuing this project.
The campaign to save 2.15 lakh trees in the forest area of Buxwaha is gaining momentum. In which the High Court of Madhya Pradesh has intervened and asked the state government. and to respond to a PIL filed by Aditya Birla’s Essel Mining Group’s advocate Sudeep Singh Saini. According to Dainik Bhaskar, in which he informed about the hearing in his petition. Advocate Sudeep Singh Saini has submitted that the State Government has given 382 hectares of forest land on lease. Another user described it as a publicity stunt and wrote, Newly planted trees for publicity cannot replace old trees.
Rio faces environmental clearances, bureaucratic and legal hurdles. They have been asked to do underground mining which will increase their cost. The Buxwaha area of Chhatarpur district has already been declared semi-critical by the Central Ground Water Authority. Environmental activist Hari Krishna Dwivedi says that “The entire Bundelkhand region is facing a water crisis. And this forest is very important for the local ecology.