Protesters halt BALCO’s bauxite shipment

January 23rd, 2011 - 12:06 am ICT by IANS  

Raipur, Jan 22 (IANS) Hundreds of youths led by a Congress legislator halted shipment of bauxite Saturday to aluminium major Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd (BALCO) in Chhattisgarh’s Surguja district, demanding jobs for local residents.Vedanta Resources-controlled BALCO - in which the Indian government holds 49 percent stake, is based in Korba town, about 250 km from here. BALCO gets bauxite from Mainpat in Surguja.

Hundreds of protesters led by Amarjeet Bhagat, the legislator from Sitapur that includes Mainpat mining area, squatted on roads near the bauxite mining area and stopped the mineral’s transportation to BALCO.

The protesters were raising slogans against BALCO for exploiting natural resources of Surguja district without offering employment to local people and developing infrastructure.

They threatened to halt bauxite mining to BALCO for an indefinite period if the company management did not open an aluminium plant in Surguja district to offer employment to local youths of poverty-hit families.

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