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Vedanta to wait for local consent for Indian bauxite mine

LiveMint logoLiveMint 09-05-2014 Karen Rebelo

Vedanta Resources Plc said on friday that it would not mine bauxite from the Niyamgiri hills in Odisha until it has the consent of local communities.

The announcement marks a victory for the local communities, which have long opposed the company’s plans to mine bauxite in an area they consider sacred.

Vedanta said it was working with the Odisha government and pursuing other options to source bauxite for its alumina refinery in the state.

The proposed bauxite mining project near the Lanjigarh refinery in Kalahandi district, about 450km from the capital, Bhubaneswar, had drawn the anger of rights groups globally. Reuters

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