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24 Nov 2017

Jharkhandis’ Organisation for Human Rights & Mines, Minerals and People

Asbestos Mine Victims Speak Out

Roro, a chrysotile asbestos mine,... in Jharkhand (India ) stands abandoned since 1982. It has become a health scourge for the dozen and odd villages living at its foot hills.

...Twenty years ago, Hyderabad Industries Limited mined asbestos from Roro. ...According to former workers the company abandoned the mines when they became unprofitable. In their pursuit for profits, they have left behind a poisoned valley and trail of death.

...On 20th December 2003, Jharkhandis’ Organisation for Human Rights (J.O.H.A.R) mines minerals and People (mm&P) organised a Jun Sunwai  (public hearing)... for the victims of Roro asbestos mines. ....Prior to the Jun Sunwai, independent investigations and fact-finding visit by a team of experts was organised. ...The Fact Finding Team findings indicated that the improper disposal of toxic asbestos and chromite waste by the mining company pose a serious health threat to the local community and the environment. 

...Objectives of the Jun Sunwai:

1) Highlight the grave public health threat posed by the asbestos exposure.

2) Highlight the issue of criminal negligence by Hyderabad Asbestos Cement Product Limited (now known as Hyderabad Industries Limited) the lease owner of the mine.