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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

ODISHA: Vedanta plea for refinery expansion dismissed!

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IANS / / Last Updated : 19 Jul 2011.

Anil Agarwal. EPS File Photo
Anil Agarwal. EPS File Photo.

BHUBANESWAR: The Orissa High Court Tuesday dismissed Vedanta Aluminum Ltd's petition to quash the central government's notification stalling expansion of its refinery project in the state, a lawyer said.
The environment and forests ministry last year stalled the expansion of Vedanta alumina refinery project in Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district from one million tonnes a year to six million tonnes capacity and of its captive power plant from 75 to 300 MW.
Vedanta had moved the court against the order. A high court bench of Chief Justice V. Gopala Gowda and Justice B.N. Mohapatra delivered the verdict at Cuttack, about 26 km from here, after hearing all parties concerned.
"The court dismissed the petition filed by Vedanta. It upheld the argument of the environment ministry," Manoj Mishra, a lawyer associated with the case, told IANS.
The environment ministry had in August last year issued show cause notice to the company under the Environment Protection Act for undertaking construction without prior clearance under the Environmental Impact Assessment Notification-2006.

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