SC defers hearing on Niyamgiri case

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 07, 2012 07:41 hrs

pThe Supreme Court on Thursday deferred the hearing on the petition challenging cancellation of forest clearance of Niyamgiri bauxite mine belonging to Odisha Mining Corporation OMC to January 11 next yearpp&ldquoThe court heard submission of all the parties and the hearing has been adjourned to January 11 2013&rdquo said Saswat Mishra Chairman cum Managing Director OMCppAjit Jadav the counselor of Vedanta Aluminium which is a intervener in the case said the court has asked for some more details from both the Union government and the state government on compliance of Forest Right Act FRA at the mining siteppThe Union Ministry of Environment and Forest MoEF had withdrawn the forest clearance for Niyamgirgir mines following protracted protests by local tribals and green activists over alleged FRA violationppThis mine is critical for the Lanjigarh alumina refinery of Vedanta Aluminium Ltd VAL which had entered into a joint venture agreement with OMC for sourcing of bauxite for the projectppThe next hearing date could be the concluding date of hearing of the case said sourcesppVAL has already closed down its one million tonne a year alumina refinery at Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district saying that the factory will remain shut until sufficient bauxite is available to run the unitp

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