The adivasis were protesting the proposed mining of a hill, considered sacred. The hill was to be mined by NCL, a joint venture between NMDC and the state's Mineral Development Corporation.
After 12 gram sabhas completely rejected bauxite mining in the Niyamgiri hills, Vedanta is now looking beyond the area to source raw material for its Rs 5,000 crore Lanjigarh alumina refinery in Odisha and is hopeful of securing an alternate mine soon.
BJD Member of Parliament Jay Panda says, in an interview to CNBC-TV18, that while the Orissa government is keen to explore alternative solutions to lure big-ticket investments, interference from political leaders continues to prove to be stumbling block to investments in the state.
The Vedanta Resources group chairman, Anil Agarwal expects the Finance Minister to provide extra impetus to key resources such as coal, iron ore, oil and gas in the upcoming budget
In a twist to Vedanta's case for mining in Nyamgiri, Orissa, the company has withdrawn its case at the National Green Tribunal.