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Niyamgiri: Vedanta's battleground for bauxite

And, perhaps, its Waterloo. With the Union ministry of environment and forests refusing to allow the company to mine bauxite in Orissa's Niyamgiri hill, the UK-based mining giant's troubles have multiplied. The quest to resolve all disagreements regarding the company's Lanjigarh alumina refinery project and its mining rights had brought none less than the Orissa chief minister scurrying to Delhi -- to convince the prime minister to push forward the controversial industrial project. The prime minister did not oblige.

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Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) rejects Vedanta’s mining project in Orissa. CSE brings to you its assessment and analysis along with key documents, reports, EIAs, court ruling and decisions taken by various authorities from 1997 till date on Vedanta, Niyamgiri and Lanjigarh.

Report on Profit Sharing to be released in Ranchi

Centre for Science and Environment’s (CSE) will release their report on profit sharing in Ranchi on August 5, 2011 at 2:30 pm. The report is a detailed analysis of the profit sharing mechanism, international practices being followed in different countries, the need for profit sharing, etc.

The report will be released on August 5, 2011 at the Nalanda Hall, Hotel Ranchi Ashok, Doranda, Ranchi, Jharkhand. There will be a presentation on the report, which will be followed by a panel discussion.

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Date: August 5, 2011

Mine no More

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Presentation to the Group of Ministers (GOM)

CSE was invited to present its findings of the mining sector in India before the Group of Ministers.

Mining in Goa

Mining in Goa is mostly concentrated in four talukas namely, Bicholim in North Goa district and Salcete, Sanguem and Quepem in South Goa district. Some 400 mining leases had been granted in Goa till 2002-03, covering approximately 30,325 ha -- this works out to almost eight per cent of the total geographical of the state. 


Mining Overview

Mining is a contentious subject. It generates almost as many viewpoints and positions as the number of its contestants. It is, unarguably, a core industrial sector and crucial for India’s economic growth. It is growing at a rapid pace – between 1993 and 2005, the mining sector showed a compound annual growth rate of 10.7 per cent. It is likely to grow at a much faster rate in coming years. Post-liberalisation, mining is being done not only to satisfy India’s domestic requirements, but also to meet the growing international demand. China, in particular, has emerged as a major market for Indian minerals.

Vedanta’s steel plan

Mining giant Vedanta is all set to diversify into steel business. Sesa Goa Ltd in which Vedanta has the controlling share, has begun negotiations with Japanese and European companies to set up a steel plant in India.


Rich Lands Poor People: Is 'Sustainable' Mining Possible?

This book is an attempt to document all the complexities of mining. While, it is true that mining is essential, it is not a simple 'dig and sell' proposition for a country like India.


Rich lands poor people: Is 'sustainable' mining possible?

Outlines the immense challenges facing the mining sector in India: how to ensure ecological security together with inclusive development. Includes detailed maps, data tables and in-depth case studies of mineral-rich states.

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