Vedanta says looking for alternative mines after setback
Vedanta Resources said on Wednesday it would seek other sources of bauxite in India after its plans for a mine in an area held sacred by tribespeople were blocked by the government. Vedanta, owned by Indian billionaire Anil Agarwal, had wanted to start an open-cast mine in the Niyamgiri Hills in Orissa state to feed a nearby aluminium refinery, but the project was struck down Tuesday by the environment ministry. Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh accused Vedanta of violating environmental rules and showing “blatant disregard” for thousands of Dongria and Kutia Kondh tribespeople who believe the hills are sacred.
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Orissa government may move Supreme Court or approach Prime Minister
After Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh showed a red card to Vedanta Aluminium’s plan to mine Niyamgiri Hills in south Orissa, the state government can approach the Supreme Court, challenging the ministry’s order, or seek the Prime Minister’s intervention. It is the state government, not Vedanta, which has to seek redressal on the setback from the Ministry of Environment and Forests’ (MoEF’s) decision on Niyamgiri, as the lease for the 75-million tonne bauxite deposit there is owned by state-owned Orissa Mining Corporation (OMC). See
Vedanta expects Orissa government to take initiative