Villagers oppose salt mine plan
- Published: 2/09/2013 at 06:59 PM
- Online news:
NAKHON RATCHASIMA - Around 100 people rallied at the Nakhon Ratchasima provincial hall on Monday to protest against a company's plan to apply for a permit to open an underground salt mine in Kham Thale So district of the northeastern province.
Villagers from two tambons protested to express their concern that the mining operation by Saltworks Co may affect their communities' environment. The rally was guarded by 50 plain-clothed and uniformed police.
The underground salt mine is set to be constructed on 600 rai plot in tambon Pandoong. It is estimated that it will cost 700-800 million baht.
Protest leader Sanpetch Nimgan said the company asked locals to approve its plan without clarifying how it will affect them.
District chief Lt Wassan Suksombul received their complaints on behalf of Nakhon Ratchasima governor Winai Buapradit.
Lt Wassan said he will assemble all relevant groups to hold a discussion regarding the mining operation including Saltworks Co and villagers, and both those who are for and against the project.
The firm is in process of seeking support from villagers before applying for a government permit.
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