Tribals in Odisha Protest Against Vedanta

Reported by

Sandeep PattnaikLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

November 4, 2019

Location of Conflict




This is a Left Wing Extremism Affected District

This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Bauxite Mining

Laterite Mining



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On 18th Oct 2017, tribals under the banner of Koraputia Jan Surakhya Sangh submitted a petition to Chief Minister of Odisha against government decision of providing prospecting license (PL) to Vedanta Aluminium Limited (Sesa Sterlite Group) for Laterite mining at Danga Deula hill in Koraput district. In 2014, the state government had issued PL to Vedanta to explore laterite mine at Danga Deula hill spread over 150 hectare. About 10 villages will be directly affected by mining on this hill. Earlier, they were displaced due to the construction of Upper Kolab Hydro Electric Project based at Koraput. Villagers said, mining at Danga Deulo will not only affect the ecology of the region but will also act as a threat to their lives as it will erode the soil and hit agricultural activities. The hill has several perennial sources of water which will dry up if mining takes place. Also, the hill lies few meters from Kolab reservoir and any type of mining will affect its catchment areas.

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Private and Common

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Forest and Non-Forest

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Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

Government of Odisha

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Vedant Aluminium Limited ( Sesa Sterlite Group)

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Lok Shakti Abhiyan

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