Vedanta- Social Media Campaign ‘ Khushi’ – Faking Happiness #CSR


Kamayani Bali Mahabal- April 17,2013  for Faking Happiness Campaign

Vedanta Resources plc is a London listed FTSE100 company which has brought death and destruction to thousands. 63% of it is owned by billionaire Anil Agarwal and his family through companies in various tax havens. It has been consistently fought by people’s movements but it is being helped by the British government to evolve into a multi-headed monster and spread across India and round the world, diversifying into iron ore in Goa, Karnataka and Liberia, Zinc in Rajasthan, Namibia, South Africa and Ireland, copper in Zambia and most recently oil in the ecologically fragile Mannar region in Sri Lanka.

Vedanta’s Record in India:

In Odisha, India:

Vedanta’s bauxite mining and aluminium smelters have left more than tenthousand displaced people landless, contaminated drinking water sources with ‘red mud’ and fly ash,and devastated vast tracts of fertile land in an area which has seen famine every year since 2007.Vedanta’s mine on the sacred Niyamgiri hills has been fought by Adivasi (indigenous)-led people’smovements for seven long years and has so far been stopped. This has rendered their subsidiaryVedanta Aluminium (VAL) a loss making company, starving it’s refineries at Jharsuguda and Lanjigarhof local bauxite.

In Goa:

Vedanta’s Sesa Goa subsidiary has been accused of large scale fraud and illegal mining.In June 2009 following a pit wall collapse which drowned Advalpal village in toxic mine waste, a 9year old local boy Akaash Naik filed a petition to stop the mine and mass protests later that yearhalted mining at one of Sesa Goa’s sites. In 2011 there were more major mine waste floods. In SouthGoa a 90 day road blockade by 400 villagers succeeded in stopping another iron ore mine. Sesa Goaare paying ‘silence funds’ to try and prevent similar action at their South Goa mine.

In Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin:

Vedanta subsidiary Sterlite has flouted laws without remorse, operatingand expanding without consent, violating environmental conditions, and illegally dumping toxiceffluents and waste. In 1997 a toxic gas leak hospitalised 100 people sparking an indefinite hungerstrike by a local politician and a ‘siege on Sterlite’ that led to 1643 arrests. Later that year a kilnexplosion killed two. An estimated 16 workers died between 2007 and 2011. Police recorded mostworkers deaths as suicides. Pollution Control Boards, judges and expert teams have on severaloccasions reversed damning judgements of the company, demonstrating large scale corruption andbribery. Activists are waging a court battle which has stopped operations for several short periods.

In Tamil Nadu, Mettur:

Vedanta bought MALCO ‘s aluminium complex at Mettur 2 yearsbefore permission for their Kolli Hills bauxite mines expired but continued to mine illegally for 10years. Five adivasi villages were disturbed and a sacred grove destroyed before activist’s petitionsstopped mining in 2008. Without local bauxite and with protests preventing bauxite coming fromNiyamgiri in Orissa the factory at Mettur was also forced to close. However, the abandoned andunreclaimed mines continue to pollute the mountains and a huge red mud dump by the Stanleyreservoir pollutes drinking water and blows toxic dust into the village.

In Chhattisgarh, Korba:

Vedanta bought the state owned BALCO’s alumina refinery, smelter andbauxite mines for ten times less than its estimated value in 2001 despite a landmark 61 day strike byworkers. Since then wages have been slashed and unionised workers are losing jobs. In 2009 afactory chimney collapsed, BALCO claimed 42 were killed, but in fact 60 – 100 people are stillmissing. Witnesses claim these workers from poor families in neighbouring states are buriedunderground in the rubble, which was bulldozed over immediately after the collapse

British Government’s special relationship with Vedanta

• The UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) and Department of Tradeand Industry (DTI) helped launch Vedanta on the London Stock Exchange andcontinues to support the company.
• Through the World Bank funded NGO Business Partners for Development, it hashelped Vedanta take over copper mines in Zambia . Although Vedanta has been finedfor poisoning the Kafue river and faced workers protests, the UK is helpingestablish it in Zambia by securing in the words of local NGOs “ a ‘champion’ withincentral government to further the ‘enabling environment’”.
• Meanwhile in Liberia in what has been described as one of the worst recordedconcession agreements in the country’s history Sesa Goa is accused of breach ofcontract and may have to pay damages of US$10 billion.
• Most recently when the Indian government held up Vedanta’s deal with EdinburghbasedCairn Energy by investigating Vedanta’s ability to manage strategic oil fields, UKgovernment officials, briefed “over dinner” by Cairn Energy, offered to “polish” and senda letter drafted by the company to the Indian Prime Minister to force the deal through.David Cameron even personally intervened, urging India to speed up’unnecessary delays’. As a result the Indian government caved in and allowed a dealwhich handed some 30% of India’s crude oil for a fraction of its worth to this notoriouscorporate.
• Vedanta’s Cairn India is now drilling for oil in the ecologically fragile off-shoreregion around Mannar in Sri Lanka – an area controlled by the Sri Lankan military.

Vedanta Resources,  is attempting to claim to be social responsible via a huge advertising campaign. The latest is the  social media campaign, ‘Khushi’, aimed at underprivileged children, is poised to complete one year. Launched on April 10, 2012. In this video we attack all tall claims of Vedanta Khushi Campaign.

The Reality is -

Vedanta has suffocated the life of Adivasis in Niyamgiri foothills. The entire area is overlapped with Red Mud. Most of humans, animals, birds and insects are infected with skin diseases. Proper medical facilities are unavailable; there is no sign of hospital. By pressures, by vicious means, by force, by paying less, Vedanta bought the farming and forest land of Local tribes. They cheated them by providing technical training to make them skillful workers in Vedanta Mines and factories, as soon as land got transferred, Vedanta thrown them out.

Red mud has converted all crop fields and forest into waste land, the vein is spreading. The river Vasamdhara is the main source of water for all constituents of habitats in Niyamgiri. Vedanta’s Red Mud resulted in converting drinkable water of Vasamdhara to polluted and toxic waste; it is causing dangerous skin diseases and cancer. Even Animals and birds are rejecting it to drink. The situation of Vasamdhara is same from Niyamgiri till KalingapatnamAmnesty International broke this harsh truth.

Niyamgiri foothills is a treasure of bauxite, Bauxite is a main component to make aluminum. According to statistic, Niyamgiri foothills contain 72 lakh million ton of bauxite. The average cost of 1 ton bauxite is approx 6500 INR, whereas all 72 lakh million ton is not awarded to Vedanta for mining. The prices are fixed very little, when Government awards a license to mine, it is simple to understand the covetous intentions of Vedanta by looking at the history and biology of Vedanta.

Government and Vedanta has fixed the price of Niyamgiri foothills, the predators have camped and pasted like a woodworm. Vedanta Aluminum Ltd is camped with crooked intentions in Laljiganj located at south Odisha . A fake kingdom of 700 Hectares expanded by cheating legally and eating illegally, hooks or crook they used every evil outfit.

Village Bundela initiated the revolution against Vedanta few years back, many voices were raised, and dozens of revolutionaries are martyred. There are few Tribal’s if they further replaced from this areas, they will lose their name from World map. They are already on the way of extinction because of Vedanta what a Price tag we have placed on forest and tribes in this materialistic world. We are the silent observer of slaughter of Humanity.

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Vedanta offers govt, ONGC seats on Cairn board – Illegal


 

 TNN | Mar 24, 2013,
NEW DELHI/BARMER: NRI metals and mining tycoon Anil Agarwal is willing to offer the oil ministry and state-run explorer ONGC a seat on the board of Cairn India, even as the Vedanta group firm started pumping oil from its third field in the Barmer block and began commercial gas supply from the acreage.

“Instead of having management committee (oversight panel for a field) and various levels (of approval), ONGC and petroleum ministry can put their nominee on board of Cairn to cut approval process and expedite decision making,” PTI quoted Agarwal as saying at the function to mark commercial gas supply from the Barmer block.

Industry experts say putting a ministry representative on the board of a private firm under its watch is not feasible due to legal and regulatory issues. Besides, such a move would give rise to conflict of interest and may not be passed.

Even for ONGC, which is Cairn’s 30% partner in Barmer, a Cairn board position does not look feasible since it has no stake in the former. Even if Cairn shareholders make an exception for ONGC, it would perhaps ease communications between the partners and shorten the planning process for the field. But approvals would still have to be sought from the ministry, its technical arm or the oversight panel.

To that extent, Agarwal’s offer is to be seen as an expression of his frustration with the slow decision-making process in the government. His Vedanta Resources had entered a deal to buy Edinburgh-based Cairn Energy Plc‘s majority stake in its Indian unit in August 2011 for $8.6 billion. But it took over 16 months for the deal to get all regulatory clearances. Thereafter, the ministry took more than a year to allow Cairn to conduct additional exploration in the field.

(With inputs from PTI)

 

Sale of stake to Vedanta opposed


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,The Hindu

Seeking Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s intervention, Union Minister of State for Commerce & Industry D. Purandeswari on Tuesday said the government should not allow sale of residual stake in Hindustan Zinc Limited (HZL) to Vedanta Group.

Stating that during NDA regime, under the garb of disinvestment, 71 per cent of stake was divested to Vedanta Group. Now the group was trying to buy the remaining stake and indulge in real estate business by jeopardising the interest of employees and contact workers engaged at Zinc Smelter in the city.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, she referred to the statement made by Vedanta Group chairman Anil Agarwal on plans to purchase residual stake in HZL and pleaded that at any cost the interest of people depending on Zinc Smelter for direct and indirect employment should be protected. She also regretted denial of salaries to the employees for past two months.

 

Indian Govt’s sell off plan may hit Vedanta


 , TNN | Feb 4, 2013, 05.06AM IST
NEW DELHI: In what may come as a setback for Vedanta Group, the government is considering offloading its stake in Balco and Hindustan Zinc (HZL) in the stock market instead of selling the shares to metals tycoon Anil Agarwal. The discussion comes at a time when the Centre is keen to sell shares in companies such as HZL and Balco, where the government disinvested its stake during the NDA regime, and monetize value from other assets in a bid to raise resources to bridge the widening fiscal gap.

Sources privy to the discussions said that talks have been held at the highest level in the government and one view was that sale of shares in the market will not only help the government realize better value but also avoid controversy, especially related to pricing.

In 2001, the government had sold a 51% stake in Balco to Sterlite Industries, leaving it with 49% holding. It holds a tad less than 30% in Hindustan Zinc, while Sterlite has close to 65% stake.

The share sale has been held up for several years as UPA-1 cited provisions of the Companies Act to deny the share sale.

In both cases, the shareholders’ agreement provided for the acquirer to exercise a call option or gave Agarwal’s outfits the right to buy the shares after a specified period. But UPA-1 decided against selling shares in every company where call options were provided for but has now woken up to selling residual stake as it faces an acute cash crunch.

Coupled with its inability to cut down on wasteful expenditure, it has already missed the fiscal deficit target of 5.1% of GDP and stares at the prospect of a sovereign ratings downgrade, which will put Indian securities in junk grade and hamper investment into the country.

As a result, it is pursuing an aggressive disinvestment programme with a target to mop up Rs 30,000 crore by selling stakes in several public sector companies such as NMDCOil India andNTPC through the public offer and auction route.

Sources said an offer for sale or auction of HZL shares was one of the options that was being pursued.

 

All Eyes On Govt Vs Vedanta Case


| Jan 22, 2013 | Forbes

The government versus Vedanta case has the entire mining industry interested in the outcome, in the hope of getting more clarity on mining permissions
All Eyes On Govt Vs Vedanta Case
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Vedanta’s aluminium refinery at Lanjigarh in Orissa remains shut due to nonavailability of bauxite

The Supreme Court is hearing a petition filed by the Orissa Mining Corporation (OMC) against the Ministry of Environment and Forests’ decision to withdraw the permission given to mine bauxite reserves on the Niyamgiri hill range. A joint venture between OMC and the local unit of the Anil Agarwal-owned Vedanta Resources, wants to develop the mines in Orissa and supply bauxite to the alumina refinery run by the London-based company. 
Though the Supreme Court had cleared the mining proposal in 2008, three years later the environment ministry withdrew its clearance. A committee set up by the then Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh alleged that provisions of the Forest Rights Act had been violated.

The apex court’s ruling will decide the fate of Agarwal’s aluminium project in Orissa that has till now coughed up losses of Rs 2,500 crore. The refinery is right now shut down for want of bauxite supply.

But the whole mining industry is interested in the outcome of the case. Some of the biggest companies, from SAIL to ArcelorMittal and Posco have applied for mines that fall in forest areas, and one of the most important aspects discussed by the Supreme Court is the scope of the Forest Rights Act. In a hearing on December 6, the court had asked the Central government to make its stand clear on whether a local gram sabha has the final right over mine reserves.

In a 2009 directive, the environment ministry had said that any project that intends to use forest land will need to first settle the rights, including taking consent of tribals and other traditional forest dwellers, through a gram sabha before the land is taken from them.

While companies like Vedanta claim to have held gram sabhas for land-owing tribals, bringing “other traditional forest dwellers” under the purview of the Forest Rights Act would “increase expenditure”, said a senior executive of a leading private Indian mining company.

Interestingly, there might be a re-think happening at the Centre. This prompted Tribal Affairs Minister Kishore Chandra Deo to warn in his letter in early December to Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan, “This order is extremely significant… any dilution of the above mentioned circular of 2009 will have an adverse impact on the Vedanta case which is sub-judice,” a newspaper report quoted him.

The biggest concern though is whether this will further increase the uncertainty around mining project permissions. “A balance is needed as neither environment nor industrial development should suffer. Any clarification from the government should help reduce the confusion on what is and what is not allowed to be mined. Overall, government policies should be aimed at reducing the uncertainties for project proponents who put risk capital on large infrastructure projects,” says Gurpreet Singh Chugh, director, Natural Resources, Crisil Infrastructure Advisory.

Read more: http://forbesindia.com/article/special/all-eyes-on-govt-vs-vedanta-case/34539/1#ixzz2Ii3WE9rq

SC stays Bombay High Court order charging Vedanta Aluminium


Jan 9, ET

MUMBAI: The Supreme Court has put on hold aBombay High Court order asking Anil Agarwal-controlled Vedanta Aluminium Ltd (VAL) to deposit Rs 187 crore with it as security in an arbitration case involving a Chinese firm.

A two-judge bench on Tuesday granted the stay on a special leave petition (SLP) filed by Vedanta Aluminum, India‘s largest aluminium maker. Power equipment manufacturer Shenzen Shandong Nuclear Power Construction Co (SSNPCC) has alleged that Vedanta caused it losses by stopping work at its controversial alumina refinery at Lanjigarh, Odisha.

The court also gave SSNPCC four weeks’ time to file its reply.

Based on a plea filed by SSNPCC, the high court in December had asked Vedanta to deposit the security amount till the arbitration proceedings were concluded.

SSNPCC had filed an arbitration plea early last year to recover its dues from Vedanta, which was forced to shut down its alumina plant at Langigarh after the environment ministry denied it permission to mine bauxite from the Niyamgiri hills.

As per the plea, Vedanta had placed an order with SSNPCC in 2008 for setting up co-generation units for the Lanjigarh project on a turnkey basis. Following the environment ministry order, Vedanta directed Shandong to “suspend all construction activities” at the site.

 

Bombay High Court asks #Vedanta Aluminium to deposit a security amount of Rs 187 crore


12 DEC, 2012, 07.54PM IST, MAULIK VYAS,ET BUREAU

MUMBAI: The Bombay High Court has asked billionaireAnil Agarwal controlled Vedanta Aluminum to deposit a security amount of Rs 187 crore with the court, till the arbitration proceedings reach a definitive conclusion, based on a plea filed by Chinese power equipment manufacturer Shenzen Shandong Nuclear Power Construction Company (SSNPCC).

The Chinese power equipment manufacturer had filed a plea against Vedanta Aluminum for allegedly causing losses due to work stoppage at the latter’s controversial alumina refinery in Lanjigarh, Odisha.

On Wednesday, the division bench comprising Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Anoop Mohta directed Vedanta Aluminum to deposit the security of Rs 187 crore within 6 weeks. The court also directed the company not to sell, lease or create third party rights on the asset for the same amount.

The genesis of the case of the case lies in the Vedanta’s plan to expand its alumina capacities in Langigarh, Odisha, with bauxite mined from the near by Niyamgiri hills. The environment ministry put a stop to the plans by denying clearance, thus depriving the alumina plant of a crucial raw material and forcing it to shut down.

In the beginning of the year, Chinese firm, SSNPCC filed an arbitration plea to recover its dues against Vedanta saying the firm has incurred ‘tremendous losses’. As per the plea, Vedanta Aluminum gave order to SSNPCC in 2008 for setting up co-generation units on a turn-key basis for the Lanjigarh project.

SSNP has raised an issue on alleged breach of contractual obligations and has staked a claim which has been denied by us. This matter is pending before arbitration,” said Vedanta spokesperson. “The appeal court has completed the hearing today and passed an order. We await the receipt of the copy of the order and on it’s perusal will be able to decide further course of action in the matter,” the spokesperson in an email response said.

Shandong was contracted for five jobs to build a 210 MW co-generation power plant project that included offshore engineering and technical services, an offshore supply contract and onshore supply contract and onshore services & construction contract. Vedanta directed Shandong to suspend all “”construction activities”” at the site after the ministry order. The long duration of suspension, the petition said, has caused “”tremendous loss”” to Shandong. The Chinese company has cited a clause in the contract which empowers it to terminate the contract if the suspension of the agreement continues for over 180 days and at the end of it, after a thirty-day prior notice, Vedanta will pay 105% of the cost incurred by the contractor till the date of termination as compensation.

The Chinese company is represented by Kapil Arora of Kochar & Co along with Mahesh Londhe of Sanjay Udeshi & Co. While, Vedanta Group’s subsidiary is being represented by Mumbai-based corporate law firm Desai & Diwanji.

 

#Vedanta Aluminum Ash Pipe bursts, lands destroyed


By  http://jsglive.in/ November 5, 2012

Jharsuguda: Early morning, Vedanta Aluminum’s Ash Pipe had burst due to which nearby land had been covered with Ash slurry.  This incident took place at Musulkani Village under Jharsuguda Block Kurebaga Panchayat.

In this regard, Villagers of Kurebaga Panchayat along with Women had gathered huge numbers in front of Vedanta Gate No. 2 protested against the company and demanded for the compensation for the same blaming that their lands had been affected due to this Ash Pipe bursted.

In this Dharna , Tularam Nayak , Ex- Sarpanch of Kurebaga Srikant Nayak , Amrita Nayak , Sahdev Nayak , Kustu Patel , Kishori Nayak along with several villagers were present.

According to the sources, Vedanta‘s Officer Mr. Bharjin Lakara of CSR Wings had come to talk with the villagers but it turned to be unfruitful. However, seeing the outrage, police force along with Jharsuguda Thasildhar Rajendra Minz had reached the spot and has assured the villagers that the compensation would be provided as per the government norms.

But the villagers who were adamant and stuck with their demand were later on evicted by the police.

As per the villagers, the people who have been affected due to this were Chandra shekhar Nayak , Bibisan Nayak , Bisiketan Nayak , Chudamani Nayak , Muza Nayak , Kuber Nayak.

In this context, The Company Officials had blamed that last four months their Ash Pipe is being continuously stolen by the scrap mafias because of which they have increased its security forces around the Ash Pipes.

They have also told that the Yesterdays also some miscreants were trying to cut the pipes due to which the ongoing Ash slurry busted out of the Pipe. However, when the management learnt about the incident and immediately closed the ash slurry and ordered for repairing and presently the pipe is being repaired now.  In this context an FIR is also being given in Badmal Police Station.

 

An open letter to the jury of The ET Awards for Global Excellence #Vedanta


This open letter has been put out by G. ANANTHAPADMANABHAN of Amnesty International (India)

Dear Mr Deepak Parekh, Mr Kumara Mangalam Birla, Mr K V Kamath, Mr Kris Gopalakrishnan, Mr A M Naik, Ms Chanda Kocchar and Mr Cyril Shroff,

We at Amnesty International India are deeply disappointed by your decision to give the Economic Times Business Leader of the Year 2012 award to Mr Anil Agarwal, Chairman of Vedanta plc.

The Business Leader award is given to individuals who have demonstrated “a strategic direction for success, and pursued a vision”. But Vedanta, in its efforts to have a bauxite mine opened at the Niyamgiri hills in Orissa and expand an aluminium refinery near Lanjigarh, has demonstrated an utter lack of both leadership and vision. What it has shown instead is a brazen disregard for Indian law and an utter lack of respect for the rights of local communities.

In August 2010, the Ministry of Environment and Forests rejected the Niyamgiri bauxite mine project after finding that it extensively violated forest and environmental laws and would abuse the rights of local communities, including the Dongria Kondh adivasi community. The Ministry also suspended the clearance for the expansion of Vedanta’s Lanjigarh refinery after an expert committee found it to be illegal. The Economic Times has itself gone on record to oppose the Niyamgiri bauxite mining plan.

Vedanta has since developed a human rights and sustainability policy framework which it claims is aligned to international standards and best practices. The ET awards jury has said that the perception of misgovernance in Mr Agarwal’s companies is worse than the reality. But new research by Amnesty International reveals that Vedanta’s violations are extreme and ongoing. A vast gap exists between Vedanta’s stated policy framework and its practices in Orissa.

Vedanta continues to ignore the views of the Dongria Kondh. Its claim that it has consulted local communities is not supported by evidence gathered by Amnesty International, including testimonies from the Dongria Kondh and the minutes of official meetings. Nor are these claims supported by the findings of two official expert panels appointed by the MoEF in 2010.

Vedanta’s claims that its processes and planning are in line with Indian laws are belied by testimonies from communities affected by the Lanjigarh refinery on the impact of pollution on their health and water sources, the acquisition of their farmlands without adequate compensation, and the loss of their livelihoods due to pollution and reduced access to common land.

Amnesty International has uncovered Vedanta’s failure to adequately address risks posed by the Lanjigarh refinery’s red mud ponds, and to disclose relevant information on the impact of actual pollution. This is compounded by the company’s failure to take appropriate remedial action.

An ongoing inquiry by the National Human Rights Commission has found that the local police were involved in framing false charges and suppressing dissent against those critical of Vedanta. The NHRC inquiry says that the police booked the project-affected villagers in false or exaggerated cases on several occasions, apparently at the behest of Vedanta.

All these facts call into question Vedanta’s stated commitment to address human rights concerns. Mr Agarwal has told the Economic Times: “We have to use our resources in a sustainable manner for our development.” But Vedanta has shown consistently that it is unwilling to do so.

Several supporters of Vedanta have revised their opinions after being alerted to its environmental and human rights abuses.

Since 2007, several institutional investors in Vedanta, including the Norwegian Pension Fund and the Church of England Pensions Board, have sold their stakes after expressing concern about the adverse impacts of the company’s work in Orissa.

Earlier this year, the UK’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the British Safety Council suspended their awards to Vedanta after reports emerged of safety standards violations at the Lanjigarh refinery. Four months ago, the Oslo-based Business for Peace Foundation withdrew an award it was slated to give Mr Agarwal for ‘ethical business practices’ after it was informed about the details of Vedanta’s violations and human rights abuses.

We urge you to reconsider your decision to give the ET Business Leader of the Year award to Mr Anil Agarwal. To felicitate Vedanta through this award is to reward a history of human rights abuses, to ignore local communities’ campaigns for justice for rights abuses, and to betray the goals of the ET Corporate Excellence awards.

Yours sincerely,

G. Ananthapadmanabhan

Chief Executive, Amnesty International (India)

 

Land acquisition process withdrawn for Sterlite’s steel plant #goodnews #Vedanta


STAFF REPORTER, The Hindu ,
BHUBANESWAR, October 19, 2012

The MoU was signed with the State government in 2004

The State government has formally started withdrawal of land acquisition process taken up for setting up a steel plant by Sterlite Iron and Steel Company (SISC) in Keonjhar district.

Office of Revenue Divisional Commission (Northern Division) submitted withdrawal of land acquisition notification for land measuring nearly 1,800 acres from eight villages in Keonjhar.

SISC, a sister concern of Sterlite group, had signed memorandum of understanding with the State government in 2004, but the project never took off. It was always mired in controversy.

A majority of people in Palaspanga area in Keonjhar district were opposed to the project.

Villages where land acquisition process were withdrawn included Darnardanpur (242.32 acres), Gopinathpur (120.58 acres), Narsinghpur (54.24 acres), Singraisuan (123.67 acres), Tikarpada (612.64 acres), Mahadeijoda (270.37 acres), Kadagarh (380.08 acres) and Silisuan (67.07 acre).

As the project did not progress, Vedanta Group, of which Sterlite is a part, had tried to rope in on infrastructure major Larsen and Toubro.

In 2010 Vedanta Chairman Anil Agarwal had said the company was negotiating with L&T for setting up of a steel plant. Vedanta Group was supposed to invest Rs. 12,502 crore.

Sources in Steel and Mines department said since the land patches were irrigated land, the project was shelved at that place for the time being. Government is hopeful that the project would come up somewhere else.

This is the second industry of Vedanta Group after Vedanta Alumina Refinery at Lanjigarh of Odisha that had attracted trouble.

On its part the State government had already issued under section 6 (1) notification Land Acquisition Act.


  • This is the second group of Vedanta which is in trouble
  • Government is hopeful that the project will come up somewhere else