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How Vedanta's mine hope rests on 12 tribal villages

Vedanta…wants to extract bauxite from…Niyamgiri hill range which is revered by the Dongria Kondh tribe. The Dongria Kondh say the mining project will destroy their sacred hill and their source of livelihood. Vedanta has said the project would bring jobs and development to one of India's poorest districts. In April, India's Supreme Court maintained an ongoing ban on bauxite mining in the hill range and gave the local village councils…three months to decide whether they wanted mining in their area…[S]o far, 10 of the 12 villages selected for the "consultation process" have rejected Vedanta's plans…The consultations ordered by the Supreme Court are due to end by 19 August after which the court will get a report and will take a decision. The village council votes are likely to heavily influence the court order, although they will not be the sole consideration…

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