JORHAT, Sept 19 – Hundreds of farmers of the Bekajan and Gorajan areas are in constant fear of the crude oil, leaking from an ONGC pipeline for the last three days, causing extensive damage to their crops.
The canals in the midst of their cropland are now filled with the crude oil leaking from of a pipe near the Group Gathering Station of the ONGC.
Krishik Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) members today blocked the road connecting GGS at Gorajan demanding compensation of Rs 50,000 to every farmer who would be affected by the leakage.
Local people have been trying to keep the leaked oil away from their fields by setting up some filters in the canals. Still, separating the substance from the water appears to be a difficult task. The water hyacinths on the surface of the canal are found dying due to the presence of the oily substance.
“If the crude oil enters the fields, thousands of acres of cropland will be affected,” said Raju Bora, a KMSS activist, to this correspondent. “There will be no hope of harvesting if the crude oil affects the cultivation,” he added.
The KMSS protesters also demanded a mini hospital in the area to be set up by the ONGC and also demanded regular supply of drinking water in the entire locality.