A few months after environment minister Jairam Ramesh refused to allow expansion of Vedanta Groups alumna refinery in Orissa, company chairman Anil Agarwal met the minister requesting him to review his decision.
The ministry has revoked its in principle approval to allow six-fold expansion to company's refinery in Lanjigarh, Orissa, after its committee had found that the construction at the site had started without mandatory final approval.
The ministry's response was that Vedanta has already challenged its decision in the Orissa high court but Agarwal is asked to make a fresh application for clearance. The minister did not commit whether the application will be cleared or not.
Aggarwal is reported to have asked the minister to allow environment clearance for its bauxite mining in the state
The ministry had earlier scrapped green clearance of the state-run Orissa Mining Corporation, which was to provide bauxite to Vedanta.
The firm is sourcing bauxite from Orissa mines after the ministry disallowed it getting the natural resource from Jharkhand.