Normal life in Lanjigarh on Friday was affected due to the bandh called by Lanjigarh Anchalika Bikas Parishad (LABP), a local organisation, demanding mining permission to Sesa Sterlite (earlier named as VAL) for smooth running of the alumina plant.
The plant, which had been established 10 years back, is now struggling for existence due to non-availability of raw material.
Alleging that the gram sabhas conducted to decide the fate of bauxite mining from Niyamgiri was not properly conducted, president of LABP Sridhar Pesnia said local people have been deprived of getting adequate support from the CSR fund because of the problem in the plant.
The stage one environment clearance was accorded to the plant for mining in Niyamgiri, but unfortunately stage 2 environment clearance was refused. He blamed the Centre for the present crisis.
Pesnia alleged that despite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Vedanta Aluminium Limited (VAL) and State Government to provide bauxite through Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) to run the plant, not a gram of ore has been made available so far.
The apprehension of closure of the plant has increased, he said and added that the company is now running the plant by procuring bauxite ore from outside the State which is not economical.
Stating that the area prospered when the plant was running fully, Pesnia demanded that bauxite should be made available from any source.