29 villagers from the hamlets of Gidawom and Jamdo took four mining companies to the court over the adverse impacts of quarrying on their community, health, water, and properties. After the 20-month trial that saw more than half a dozen witnesses and expert summoned and judicial investigations, the court asked RSA Private Limited, Taktshang, and Riverview to compensate the eight houses in Gidawom. The Thimphu dzongkhag court’s Bench II found the companies guilty of causing cracks on the homes of eight households on July 21 in 2014. The verdict points to the need for the companies to adhere to the terms they agreed to earlier but failed to meet them. The villagers have complained that companies were not doing enough for the communities. The court asked the two companies to prevent wastewater from their units flowing into the irrigation channels of the communities. The verdict asked Taktshang to construct two more tanks to prevent wastewater from flowing into the irrigation channel. RSA Private Ltd will have to direct their water elsewhere. “The muddy and waste water from the two units flow in the irrigation channels of farmers,” said the court verdict.