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Odisha moves Supreme Court, seeks fresh gram sabhas at Niyamgiri

The bauxite mining project had suffered a jolt two years ago, after all 12 gram sabhas held in and around the Niyamgiri hill range voted unanimously against it

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The Odisha government, through its mining arm Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC), has moved the Supreme Court for conduct of fresh gram sabhas for the jinxed Niyamgiri bauxite deposits, which is linked to Vedanta's Rs 50,000-crore investment in the alumina/aluminium sectors in the state. "We have filed an interlocutory application in the Supreme Court seeking conduct of fresh gram sabhas for the Niyamgiri deposits," said an official of the state law department. "The application is yet to be listed for hearing," he added. While the Niyamgiri lease stands in the ...