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Gare res­i­dents say they are ready to ex­tract coal from their land Jan­uary al­lo­cates 13, Gare 2006:IV/6 coal Union block Coal in Min­istry Tam­nar taluka in Raigarh dis­trict of Ch­hat­tis­garh to Jin­dal Steel Works and its sub­sidiary, Nalwa Steel. The coal block has a ge­o­log­i­cal re­serve of 158 mil­lion tonnes Jan­uary 5, 2008: Peo­ple from Gare, Lam­darha, Saraitola, Khamharia, Kar­wahi and Tel­hi­ram­pur, the six vil­lages where peo­ple were di­rectly dis­placed by the coal mine, op­pose the pub­lic hear­ing. Up to 122 peo­ple in­jured dur­ing po­lice ac­tion in Khamharia vil­lage, where the hear­ing was con­ducted Fe­bru­ary 2008: Res­i­dents move the Na­tional Green Tri­bunal against the Jin­dals and Raigarh dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion for po­lice ex­cesses dur­ing the pub­lic hear­ing Septem­ber 2011: Na­tional Green Tri­bunal calls for a fresh pub­lic hear­ing for Gare Palma IV/6 June 2013: In a fresh pub­lic hear­ing, Gare sarpanch moots the idea of the vil­lage min­ing its own coal, cit­ing a 2013 Supreme Court judge­ment that the land owner has right over its re­sources. Co­op­er­a­tive min­ing and power company Gare Urja Pvt Ltd formed by res­i­dents Oc­to­ber 2013: First coal satya­graha or­gan­ised by peo­ple from all the af­fected vil­lages Septem­ber 2014: Supreme Court can­cels coal blocks, in­clud­ing Gare Palma IV/6, al­lo­cated be­tween 1993 and 2010 Oc­to­ber 2014: Sec­ond coal satya­graha or­gan­ised to as­sert res­i­dents' right over the nat­u­ral re­sources un­der their land

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