Locals demand restart of Vedanta Plant

Bhawanipatna: Demanding resumption of operations in Vedanta alumina refinery at Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district, a large number of locals on Thursday said livelihood of over 15,000 people was badly hit after the plant was shut down in December last year.
 
A delegation of locals meet Kalahandi district Collector Gobinda Chandra Sathy on Thursday and apprised him about the problems being faced by them following closure of the refinery due to lack of bauxite.
 
We handed over a memorandum to our district collector where nearly 10,000 people from our region have signed. We will also go to the Chief Minister with these signatures, even more, and will request him to take steps to resume the alumina refinery of Vedanta Aluminium Limited (VAL), said Sridhara Pesnia President, Lanjigarh Anchalika Vikash Parishad.
 
A similar delegation also met Collector of adjoining Rayagada district, Sashi Bhusan Padhi on Thursday. They reiterated the same and made a request to take immediate steps for resuming the refinery at Lanjigarh. They said that they will also meet the Chief Minister to show their plight.
 
The Vedanta alumina refinery was shut down from December 5, 2012 due to acute shortage of bauxite, the raw material to run the plant.