The company, however, feels its corporate social responsibility (CSR) actions are among the best in the country.
"Our CSR is seen as a model to be replicated not only in Orissa but also all over India. In fact, we have been recognised by the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) for our work in Lanjigarh," explains Mukesh Kumar, COO of Vedanta Aluminium.
With the refinery expansion included, the company has invested aboutRs 12,000 crore at the Lanjigarh facility, of which only about Rs 100 crore has been spent on CSR.
An additional Rs 20 crore has been set aside by Vedanta for the apex court directed special purpose vehicle, the Lanjigarh Project Development Area Foundation, for undertaking developmental work.
Images: Vedanta's aluminium refinery in Lanjigarh, Orissa.
Image Courtesy: Survival International