Hatibasini Hill, a picturesque mount enriched with all biodiversity features at Sagar near Narasinghpur in Odisha’s Cuttack district, is all set to lose its virginity as the government has decided to lease it out for mining of granite stones.
Once mining takes place on the hill, the local residents fear, it will lose its tranquility and the whole local ecosystem will be disturbed.
In a recent meeting, the villagers of Sagar strongly protested the leasing out of Hatibasini hill in favour of Bhubaneswar-based Nilachal Granites and warned the state government of a strong revolution if the deal was not cancelled.
The meeting held under the chairmanship of Amiya Kumar Panda witnessed the participating saying that mining operations in the hill would completely shatter its bio-diversity and unsettle the livelihood practices of the local people.
“This hill is very ancient and has become a part of our life and culture. We will not allow destruction of this virgin hill full of lush green forests. The streams and fountains flowing from here help us sustain our livelihood,” the villagers said.
Hatibasini hill is full of rare species of plants and herbs, besides being home to heterogeneous wildlife.
Considered a holy place, the hill has Sri Sri Guru Gobinda Satya Sanatan Ashram at its feet. Hundreds of devotees visit the place throughout the year.
The villagers urged the state government to review its decision.