Bhubaneswar: In a public hearing on Sunday, Justice MB Shah during his four-day visit to Keonjhar was furious over the lack of basic amenities and asked mine owners in Odisha to strengthen the health services, roads and check pollution in the region.

Adding more he said, “While earning sufficiently mine owners should be careful about health hazards and look after medical facilities for local people.”

The commission had also expressed displeasure over the lack of enforcement of mining rules by IBM which was entrusted to control and regulate the production in specific mines.

Expressing concern over increasing pollution in several areas of the district, Justice Shah said, adequate care should be taken by mine owners not to pollute water, air and environment.

In the hearing several participants expressed their displeasure over the closure of several mines as it has increased the number of job less in the State. During the hearing, noted social activist and Padmashri Tulasi Munda highlighted the problems being faced by farmers and labourers in the mineral rich area and urged the Commission to reopen the closed mines and allow legal mining operations.

A demonstration was staged by workers affiliated to AITUC demanding resumption of work in mines which had been shut as it was causing unemployment among labourers.