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JAC to Block Coal Supply to Press for Vidarbha Statehood

The committee spearheading the campaign for a separate state of Vidarbha today declared it would block transportation of coal from mines near here on December 12 to press for their demand.

Vidarbha Joint Action Committee (VJAC) activists would block the supply of coal from mines of Western Coalfields Ltd (WCL) at Ghugus near here, its Convener said here.

Wardha river bifurcates the districts of Chandrapur and Yavatmal near Ghugus that has a cluster of WCL's open cast mines from where thousands of tonnes of coal are excavated everyday.

Addressing a press conference, VJAC Convener Wamanrao Chatap said the proposed blockade is aimed at drawing the attention of Maharashtra as well as the Central Governments towards the demand of separate Vidarbha.

All coal deposits in Maharashtra are concentrated in the districts of Chandrpaur, Yavatmal and Nagpur, all falling in Vidarbha region.

"As Ghugus is a key place for mining activities, we shall stage road blockade agitation to stop transportation and supply of coal to attract the attention of State and Union Governments towards the demand of separate Vidarbha," he said.

VJAC activists from Chandrapur, Yavatmal and Nagpur would be taking part in the peaceful agitation, the former legislator added.

He claimed the demand for Vidarbha state is 108 years old as per the official records.

"We demand passing of a resolution for creation of separate Vidarbha during the current winter session of State Assembly (in Nagpur). The Union Government should take cognisance of the demand and form Vidarbha state along with Telangana," stressed Chatap.

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