Foil Vedanta at protest in Odisha May 2013
Efforts of Vedanta Aluminium Limited (VAL), belonging to London-listed Vedanta Resources Plc, to mine bauxite ore in Niyamgiri hills in Odisha received a severe blow on Monday with the 12th palli (gram) sabha also voting against mining there. This is the first time an environmental referendum is conducted on a directive by the Supreme Court to find out whether mining in Niyamgiri will tantamount to an infringement of the religious, community and individual rights of local forest-dwellers. It is time now for Vedanta to gracefully respect public sentiment and pack off its establishment.
See also: Pristine Tribe Saves Sacred Mountain From Mining,