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Continuing its frenzied efforts to secure alternate bauxite supplies, Vedanta Aluminium Ltd (VAL) has urged the Odisha government to fast track its applications for three small laterite deposits in Koraput district for mining lease by the end of this month.
VAL’s urgency to secure alternate raw material supplies stems from the recent blow to bauxite mining atop the ecologically fragile Niyamgiri hills by the Union ministry of environment & forests (MoEF). The company was running its one million tonne refinery at Lanjigarh by sourcing bauxite from states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.
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