Court rejects Vedanta plea for alumina refinery expansion

July 19th, 2011 - 1:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, July 19 (IANS) The Orissa High Court Tuesday dismissed a petition of Vedanta Aluminum Ltd which sought to quash the central government’s notification stalling expansion of its refinery project in the state, a lawyer said.

The environment and forests ministry had stalled the expansion of the Vedanta alumina refinery project in Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district from one million tonnes capacity to six million tonnes per annum and of the captive power plant from 75 to 300 MW capacity.

A high court bench comprising Chief Justice V. Gopala Gowda and Justice B.N. Mohapatra delivered their 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 case, told IANS.

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