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Interview:Vedanta won't abandon India's Niyamgiri mining project

Author: Prasenjit Bhattacharya, Dow Jones Newswires, Published on: 25 August 2010

Orissa Mining Corp., a provincial government entity that holds the mining lease for the controversial Niyamgiri Hills and state government of Orissa are planning to challenge in court the federal government decision to block Vedanta Resources Plc's bauxite project in India, the chief operating officer Vedanta's local aluminum unit said Wednesday...Vedanta won't abandon the project despite opposition from the federal environment ministry, Vedanta Aluminium Ltd. COO Mukesh Kumar said...Kumar said there was no violation of forest or environment laws as the Orissa government had implemented the Forest Rights Act in the area. "There is no question of abandoning this project and we will continue to pursue approval for this," he [said]...Kumar said Vedanta is in talks with the Orissa government for an alternative mine to extract bauxite...Federal Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh's decision to deny approval to the Niyamgiri project is clearly biased, Kumar said.

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