Cuttack: The State High Court on Thursday refused to entertain a review petition of the Vedanta Aluminium Ltd (VAL) for its refinery and captive power unit’s expansion bid at Lanjigarh in Kalahandi district.
It is noteworthy to mention that earlier Orissa High Court had rejected a writ petition of VAL on July 19 2011. The Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice V Gopala Gowda and Justice B N Mohapatra, again rejected the review petition by VAL on Thursday.
VAL in August 2007 had applied for expansion of its Lanjigarh-based existing refinery capacity from 1 to 6 MTPA and captive power plant from 75 to 300 MW. But pending environmental clearance from Ministry of the Environment and Forests, (MoEF), VAL went ahead with construction work for its six-fold refinery and four-fold power plant expansion proposal.
The MoEF took note of the violations and ordered halt to the expansion work in October 2010. Challenging the decision of the MoEF, VAL had moved to Odisha High Court, but the High Court had also rejected its plea.
Meanwhile Prashanta Nayak, Vedanta’s counsel informed that they will move to Supreme court challenging State High Court’s order.