Pödelwitz (dpa / sn) - After the final rescue of Pödelwitz from the open pit lignite mine, the future of the village in the Leipzig district is still largely open.
The mining operator Mibrag announced on request that new plans for the design of the post-mining landscape would now have to be made.
Most of the houses in Pödelwitz belong to Mibrag.
They have been empty for years.
When coal is no longer fetched from the United Schleenhain open-cast mine, the landscape must be extensively recultivated.
How this should happen will be agreed with the city of Groitzsch, to which Pödelwitz belongs, and the district of Leipzig, Mibrag announced.
Until the concept is in place, it cannot be said what will happen to all the Pödelwitz houses.
The energy company is the largest property owner in the village.
80 percent of the land belongs to Mibrag.
She had bought them from residents who wanted to resettle.
After that the houses fell into disrepair.
The remaining Pödelwitzer fought for the preservation of their village.
On Thursday, the Ministry of Economic Affairs announced that Mibrag no longer wanted to mine coal under Pödelwitz and in the Groitzscher Dreieck.
That is the result of a new corporate planning because of the coal phase-out in Germany.
The town of Obertitz will also be preserved.
Even if the villages now stand still, the opencast mine is getting much closer to them than before.
According to the coal phase-out, the Lippendorf power plant will not go offline until 2035.
The coal from the United Schleenhain is burned there.
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