Vedanta’s mine under investigation by Indian government team
|A Dongria Kondh man. |
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India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests is sending a new team of experts to investigate Vedanta Resources’ planned Niyamgiri mine, before making a decision on granting official clearance for the project.
The team must report back by the 29th July – the day after FTSE100 company Vedanta holds its Annual General Meeting in London. Vedanta is majority-owned by billionaire London resident Anil Agarwal.
The expert team will investigate the mine’s potential ‘impact on the livelihood, culture and material welfare of the Dongaria Kondhs’ and its ‘impact on the Wildlife and Biodiversity in the surrounding areas’.
This is the second investigation commissioned by the Environment Ministry regarding Vedanta’s mine this year. The last team reported that the mine ‘may lead to the destruction of the Dongria Konds [as a people]’.
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