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Aditya Reaches Out To People

Published by MAC on 2006-09-30
Source: Statesmen News Service ()

Aditya reaches out to people

Statesman News Service

KORAPUT, Sept. 27: Aditya Aluminium Company moved one more step towards establishing a 10,000 crore mining project by explaining about the pros of the project to the people and addressing their grievances at a public hearing held close to the mines site today.

The project entails mining of bauxite from the Kalingamali reserve near Laxmipur. The company officials asserted that the project would not adversely affect the water sources of the area and that they would provide 5 per cent of the profit earned from the mining towards peripheral development. Besides the officials from the company, the ADM and sub-collector of Koraput also attended the meeting. Talking to reporters, Mr SM Arshad, deputy general manager of the company, informed that the project was a joint venture between OMC and Aditya Aluminium Company. The entire project will be divided into three parts: mining, refinery plant near Kansariguda and the smelter and power plant at Jharsuguda, he added.

He said 300 families would be displaced by the project and the company would adhere to the Rehabilitation and Resettlement policy of the state government. Dispelling apprehensions over the impact of mining activities on the environment, he said since water resources originated well below the bauxite reserve on the mountains the mining would have little effect on them. Mr Manoranjan Nayak, the environment consultant to the company, said latest technology would be adopted to protect environment, both below and above surface of the soil, while storing the red mud, residue from the plant.

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