BHUBANESWAR: The green fileld bauxite mining and refinery project of Utkal Alumina International Limited (UAIL), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hindalco Industries Limited and a part of the Aditya Birla Group, an Indian multinational conglomerate is ready for commissioning and will be operational by the end of this month. “The trial-run is on which will be followed by trial production thereby making the project fully operational,” said Rajesh Kumar Jha, the Chief-Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director of the UAIL today.
The UAIL has set up a 4.5 million ton per annum bauxite mining plant at Baphlimali hills and has established its alumina refinery at Doraguda under Kashipur block in the district which once operational will produce 1.5 million ton per annum (MTPA). Many development activities have already been while addressing a gamut of needs of the affected people in various fields like, education, health care, cultivation undertaken thereby and the company is committed to a scads of social work under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Jha added.
The mine at Baphilimali hills in the district of Rayagada, nearly 400 km from state capital Bhubaneswar, has a bauxite reserve of about 200 million tons.
Mean while, UAIL has broken new grounds in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility by undertaking myriads of development works at the project site in the Doraguda and its periphery.
Utkal Alumina has endeavored to empower the youth through skill enhancement to ensure their future employment potential. A batch of around 170 students from among the Displaced/Project Affected families who have passed standard X are being sponsored at Company managed Industrial Training Centres at Rayagada and Kashipur in association with MITS Engineering College. Training in technical trades such as Fitter, Welder, Electrician etc., is being provided with the entire cost for study, lodging and boarding being borne by Utkal Alumina. Another 80 students from standards VIII and IX from project affected villages are also getting multi-trade training in the semi-skilled category at JITM, Parlakhemundi.
To quote twenty-five year old Trinath Naik, “I am thankful to Utkal Alumina for sponsoring my name for training at the Rayagada Industrial Training Centre in fitter trade. Otherwise, it would only be a dream for me to pursue technical education and build a career that will bring prosperity for my family.”
To carry forward the Aditya Birla Groups CSR vision and to contribute to the social and economic development of the communities in the area we operate, 183 displaced persons have been rehabilitated at two self-contained RR colonies in 480 square feet pucca slab-roofed houses on individual plots measuring 10 cents equipped with modern conveniences including piped water supply, electricity community hall ,school and black tap roads, said M. Ramesh Kumar, UAIL Sr. VP – HR, Administration & Corporate Social Responsibility. Though much work has been done under the CSR activities, in future we will continue to do so as promised by us, Kumar added.