The Attorney-General of India has given the government a free rein to refuse forest clearance for Vedanta Aluminium’s bauxite mining proposal in the Niyamgiri Hills of Orissa.
The project has been put on hold, while a committee led by NAC member N.C. Saxena examines how it would impact the life, livelihood and culture of Dongria Kondhs, a notified tribal community living in the region, as well as a possible impact on biodiversity and wildlife. Forest Conservation Act clearances for diversion of 660 hectares of land have not been granted to Vedanta and its partner, the Orissa Mining Corporation.