New Delhi: An environment ministry team reported that Orissa Mining Corp. Ltd (OMC) has committed two violations of the Forest Conservation Act and further diversion of forest land in the Niyamgiri ecosystem in the state should not be allowed.
The case pertains to the controversial mining of bauxite in the tribal area to feed Sterlite Industries India Ltd’s aluminium refinery. The company did not respond to questions.
The mining will be undertaken by OMC, which formed a joint venture with Sterlite in 2008, and holds the lease to extract bauxite in the Niyamgiri hills.
The refinery was built by Vedanta Aluminium Ltd and is already operational. Both Sterlite and Vedanta Aluminium are wholly-owned subsidiaries of London-based Vedanta Resources Plc.