Press Esc to close
Saturday 25 October 2014
News updated at 3:33 AM IST
Weather
Max: 0°C
Min : 0°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Vedanta closes Lanjigarh plant

BHUBANESWAR, Dec 5, 2012, DHNS:

London-based Vedanta group on Wednesday stopped operations at its one million tonne per annum capacity aluminium refinery at Lanjigarh in the Kalahandi district of Odisha.

The plant’s shutdown comes following a three-month closure notice it has given to the Labour Department of the Odisha government on September 5. The notice was served on the grounds of non-availability of raw materials. The refinery needs at least 10,000 tonnes of bauxite everyday to keep the plant operational.

The plant has already witnessed a temporary shutdown in the last three months but was reopened again after a few days, following the availability of bauxite from states like Jharkhand and Gujarat.

Sources said the company had managed to secure 90,000 tonnes of bauxite from other states but all that was exhausted. “At the moment, we do not have any raw material to run the plant. Therefore, we have been forced to shut it down,” said a senior official of the company.


In the last couple of months, the company officials, including group chief Anil Agarwal, had met Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik as well as senior officials like Chief Secretary Bijay Patnaik and had requested them to ensure supply of raw materials to the plant. But it had yielded no positive results.

Sources in the state secretariat said the government had already formed a team of ministers to look into the issue relating to the supply of raw materials not only to the Vedanta plant but also to other mineral-based industries in the state.
The Lanjigarh plant provides direct employment to about 3,000 people and 4,000 more depend on it indirectly.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
College students walk in drizzle in Srinagar…

College students walk in drizzle in Srinagar…

People wait as three wild elephants cross…

People wait as three wild elephants cross…

Army soldiers display arms and ammunition recovered…

Army soldiers display arms and ammunition recovered…

Army Personnel inspecting their damaged vehicle…

Army Personnel inspecting their damaged vehicle…

Army personnel take positions during an encounter…

Army personnel take positions during an encounter…

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inspecting…

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inspecting…

Residents look for their belongings after a fire…

Residents look for their belongings after a fire…

Rush at Moradabad Railway Station on the eve of Bhai Dooj…

Rush at Moradabad Railway Station on the eve of Bhai Dooj…

Devotees collecting Puja Pasadam during Govardhan Puja…

Devotees collecting Puja Pasadam during Govardhan Puja…

Sikh religious warriors display their skills as they ride…

Sikh religious warriors display their skills as they ride…

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523