British Company Barred From Mining Sacred Hills
Supreme Court bars British company from mining sacred hills
UK company Vedanta Resources Plc has been banned from mining bauxite in the Niyamgiri hills, India
India's Supreme Court has surprised and delighted the Dongria Kond tribe by barring the UK company Vedanta Resources Plc from mining bauxite in the sacred Niyamgiri hills in Orissa, eastern India.
The decision, announced on 23 November, offered the tribe a temporary reprieve, ordering the company's Indian unit, Sterlite Industries, to come back with a new proposal for the project. For the time being the Dongria Kond's sacred hills are safe from the devastation the open-cast mine would wreak.
Before the announcement, which was widely expected to allow the company to go ahead with the mine, Dongria woman Dandu Sikaka said, 'How will we survive without Niyamgiri, the mountain? Our streams will dry up. If they mine, it will become a disaster. We will all die if you dig out our forest.'