Continued from Part One.
Vedanta’s Aluminum Operation
Recently, India’s Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh cancelled the approval granted to the Odisha state-owned Orissa Mining Corporation (OMC) for mining bauxite from the Niyamgiri hills in that district, on the grounds that it would affect the environment and ultimately the large tribal population there.
VAL has often claimed that it had set up the refinery on an express assurance by the government that it would ultimately allow VAL to mine bauxite, a crucial raw material for aluminum, from a captive mine.
Now, VAL finds its plans going awry.