Tuesday, July 29, 2014

VAL expansion: Public hearing tomorrow

Times of India, July 29, 2014
BHAWANIPATNA: A public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday at Lanjigarh in connection with expansion of the refinery and captive power plant of Vedanta Aluminium Limited (VAL).

The company had moved the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) for increasing the refinery capacity from 1 mtpa to 6 mtpa and CPP 75 MW to 285 MW.

The MoEF had earlier revoked the company's expansion proposal, citing violation of environmental laws.

"We are quite hopeful of positive response from the local people," said newly-appointed chief operating officer (COO) of the plant Krishna Kanti Dave.

The Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) will conduct the public hearing on behalf of MoEF to be attended by top district officials. "The meeting, to be attended by project affected people, will be video-recorded," said collector (Kalahandi) Bijay Ketan Upadhyay. "No outsider would be allowed to the meeting," he added.

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