Vedanta Lanjigarh Plant Shut Down Severely Impacted livelihood of 30,000 People


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LANJIGARH: Vedanta’s one million tonne per annum capacity alumina refinery set up at Lanjigarh, which has been temporarily shut down since Vedanta LanjigarhDecember 5, 2012, is now on the verge of re-opening albeit at around sixty percent of its rated capacity. This move is being attributed to the pressure that state government has brought upon Vedanta as well as the locals of Lanjigarh who have been demonstrating outside the plant gate.

Mr. SK Roongta, Managing Director of Vedanta aluminium, who was meeting senior bureaucrats at the secretariat on June 8 told, “It is unfortunate that the only industry in Kalahandi district had to stop production due to shortage of bauxite and this had severely impacted the livelihood of more than thirty thousand people. The state government is seriously pursuing the matter and a high level inter-ministerial group has been set up to look at various options. Considering this we will take all possible steps to start the refinery although we will incur huge losses by sourcing bauxite from neighbouring states and Gujarat.”

While locals are rejoicing over this development it remains to be seen how long can the plant function without bauxite being made available to it from sources within the state of Odisha.



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