India says willing to reconsider Vedanta refinery plan
Environment minister Jairam Ramesh said that he was willing to revive Vedanta Resources’ plans to expand its alumina refinery in Orissa provided the firm met certain conditions.
Vedanta will not reapply for refinery expansion
London-based Vedanta Group said it was not going to apply afresh for ‘green’ clearance to expand its aluminium refinery project in Orissa’s Kalahandi district, even after being advised by the Union environment and forests (MoEF) ministry to do so.
High level sources in Vedanta said the company would not file again. “Fresh applications are filed for a greenfield (new) project. This is an expansion project. About 60 per cent work is already complete. We will not make any fresh applications. We will also not drop the court challenge, and pursue it,” a company official said.