After trying different routes, including that of importing raw materials, Vedanta finally decided to close its million tonne capacity alumina refinery at Lanjigarh from 5 December 2012. Availability of raw material in abundance prompted the promoters, at the first place, to choose the locality. It’s such an irony that, due to shortage of bauxite now – the raw material to produce alumina – the factory is shut.
However, there is change in the air, some localities in Lanjigarh have already started missing Vedanta! The CSR activities initiated, employment generated and the hopes rekindled, during the run up, have had a positive effect. Result, recently when the CM visited the area, people affected by the closure of the Vedanta Lanjigarh unit, pleaded for its revival. Besides the unemployed workers, the parents of the kids going to Vedanta sponsored English medium school and people enjoying other corporate amenities queued up to submit memorandum requesting prevention of a permanent closure of the unit.
That’s certainly some kind of role reversal! For, all these days, all big-ticket investment proposals are facing severe roadblocks due to the opposition of the local people. Hope this would be a beckon light!