Web Exclusive | August 2013
Vedanta to discuss bauxite mining issue with Odisha
The Vedanta Aluminium company is to discuss the matter of bauxite mining in Niyamgiri hills with the Odisha government. The company stated this on August 5 after more than half the gramsabhas in the tribal villages around the Niyamgiri area in Odisha opposed the bauxite mining. The Supreme court had asked the State government to elicit the public opinion on bauxite mining in the area by conducting gramsabhas. Now the company says that under an agreement, the State government is bound to supply bauxite to its plant.
The company said that it will continue to operate the plant by sourcing raw material from other sources. The one-million tonne Vedanta's alumina plant at Lanjigarh in the southern part of the mineral rich state, was reopened last fortnight after being shut for close to seven months due to shortage of key raw material bauxite and the local tribals' opposition to the mining.
Now the plant is running only at 60 per cent capacity, the company said under its contractual agreement with the Odisha government, the state has to supply around 150 mt of bauxite over a 25 year period.