Alappad anti-mining strike enters 100th day; Protest intensified
Alappad: With the anti-mining protest conducted by action council at Alappad in Kollam entering the 100th day, 100 persons will organise a mass hunger strike on Friday to intensify the strike. People from all 14 districts will deposit one fistful of sand each symbolically.
The protest was started on November 1, 2018 raising slogan ‘Save Alappad’ to protect the land from sand mining. People from across the state and from social media offered support to the protest. However, the government took a stand favouring the public sector mining company.
The promise of building sea walls to protect Alappad shores which was badly affected by tsunami were not fulfilled. It is alleged that the company failed to follow the conditions in the contract they signed. Mining was stopped for two years after the tsunami.
The company had promised that they will deposit the sand back after extracting mineral sand from it, which they failed to keep. Earlier, the collector had asked the company to stop sea washing mining which destroy the shores. However, the company did not pay heed to it and continued with the process.