The Central Mine Planning and Design Institute (CMPDI) team was in Dumka, Jharkhand to assess coal stock in Shikaripara block, but villagers opposed it fearing displacement, said DC Rahul Kumar Sinha.
Sinha had earlier tried to convince the villagers to allow the team to carry out work at identified coal blocks but in vain. “The administration cannot use force to facilitate the survey work,” said Sinha.
Neyveli Lignite Corporation had to face resistance in Godmo panchayat in Gopikandar block of the district a month ago when it was initiating a similar task. The state-run company jointly with the Uttar Pradesh power limited (UPPL) has been allotted the south Pachuwara coal block falling under Gopikandar block, in 2013 but even the initial works of demarcation of the coal block and drilling have not yet started.