Green norms violated at Niyamgiri Hills: Environment Min team
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Last Updated: Friday, March 12, 2010, 23:52
New Delhi: In a fresh jolt to mining multinational Vedanta Resources, a Union Environment Ministry team has found violations of green norms at its bauxite project at Niyamgiri hills in Kalahandi district of Orissa.

The three-member team which was asked to verify fresh allegations of violations of the terms of the 'in-principle' approval submitted its report today to Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh.

"I would not subscribe to the high-profile campaign in the case by various groups. But I am looking at the case on merit basis.

But I can say that they have violated Forest Rights Act, without taking consideration of the tribal rights.

Another area where my ministry had problem was that it had started construction work in land that belonged to the revenue department, though the project had not received clearance," said Ramesh on the sidelines of a function here.

The minister added that he had been receiving a large number of representations with regard to bauxite mining by Orissa Mining Corporation (OMC) through Vedanta.

After site inspection, the team while giving various instances of violation said "this is a case of violation of the F(C) Act and also of the environment guidelines."

Vedanta Resources, part of the USD 6.6 billion metals and mining giant, Vedanta, is implementing various mining projects in Orissa and Chhattisgarh.


First Published: Friday, March 12, 2010, 23:52

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