Pödelwitz (dpa) - After years of struggle to mine coal, the village of Pödelwitz in the Leipzig district has been saved.

The Saxon Ministry of Economics announced on Thursday that the mining company Mibrag no longer wanted to mine the coal under Pödelwitz and in the Groitzscher Dreieck.

That is the result of a new corporate planning by Mibrag because of the coal phase-out in Germany.

Economics Minister Martin Dulig (SPD) said that no further municipality would have to be relocated in the Central German Revier because of lignite mining.

In addition to Pödelwitz, the Obertitz location will also be retained.

There had been a long argument about Pödelwitz.

A citizens' initiative put up bitter resistance to the demolition of the village.

In 2012, however, facts were created with a relocation agreement.

80 percent of the Pödelwitzers sold their properties to the Mibrag and moved away.

The black-green-red state government then committed itself to Pödelwitz in its coalition agreement.

The state government is keeping its word, explained Dulig.

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Communication from the Ministry of Economy