by Karina Manukyan
The programme on building of the third tailings of Tukhmanuk gold mine caused protest of residents of the nearby Melikghyugh village.
On 10 and 12 February "Mego gold" company and Armenia's Nature Protection Ministry held public hearings on the project in Yerevan.Silva Adamyan, member of the Public Environmental Alliance, told Arminfo correspondent that the gold mine near Melikghyugh village is located in the area where sources of irrigation water are formed. For this reason, the village residents are categorically against fulfillment of the project. She also added that yesterday ecologists told her that representatives of the "Mega gold" company deliver bribes to the residents with a hope to get their "approval".
"Melikgyugh residents promised us to do everything possible for the third tailing not to be built", -she said. Representatives of ecological NGOs are going to visit Melikgyugh on 15 February to learn the situation.