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Update on the Struggle against Vedanta’s Bauxite Mining at Sijimali

#SijimaliMatters Update # 7. An update on the status of the struggle by the local communities against Vedanta’s bauxite mining project at Sijimali, Odisha.    Groundxero | 16th February, 2024   Vedanta Limited’s proposed bauxite mining project at Sijimali in Odisha’s Rayagada district is being intensely opposed by local Adivasi and Dalit villagers who have voiced […]

From Odisha to Chhattisgarh, Adivasi Community is being Displaced and their protests Criminalized in Pursuit of  “development” 

Along with the brutal tree cutting of 50,000 trees within three days, repressive action and arrests have been made against the members of the local organization Hasdeo Aranya Bachao Sangharsh Samiti in Chhattisgarh protesting the coal mines by Adani group. Similarly in Odisha, several arrests and detentions have been made to intimidate the local resistance movements […]

An Update of the Gram (Palli) Sabha Meetings Held in the Sijimali Region

#SijimaliMatters Update # 6 December 21, 2023   We bring to you an update of the Gram (Palli) Sabha meetings held in the Sijimali region on 8 December by the local administration in the presence of company officials and armed police and people’s protest and the Shaheed Rendo Majhi Diwas event in Nakrundi Gram Panchayat […]

Coerced Gram Sabhas in Sijimali: A Grave Travesty of Justice

By Groundxero | 10 Dec, 2023   Peasant unions, Adivasi organizations, Trade Unions and social activists in Odisha have issued a joint statement condemning the farce of Gram Sabhas carried out by the Odisha Government in the Sijimali region to hasten the process of bauxite mining for Vedanta Limited.    They have expressed outrage and concern over […]


  Her story in photos of two public hearings for environment clearance to Vedanta’s bauxite mining proposal in Rayagada and Kalahandi districts, Odisha    By Rajaraman, Debabrata and Evanjelina.   Women of Banteji village, in the foothills of Tijmali, collectively resolve to oppose bauxite mining on the night before the public hearing of 16th October […]

An Update On Sijimali Struggle Against Bauxite Mining By Vedanta

Groundxero | 1st November, 2023   Vedanta Limited’s proposed bauxite mining project at Sijimali in Odisha’s Rayagada district is being intensely opposed by local Adivasi and Dalit villagers who have voiced concerns over their eviction and possible adverse impact of the mining project on their livelihoods and local ecology.    On March 1 of this […]

Public Meeting At Talaampadar Against Bauxite Mining In Sijimali Hills

Groundxero | 31st October, 2023   A huge public meeting was held on 29th October at Talaampadar of Thuamal Rampur Block in Kalahandi district of Odisha. This public meeting was attended by over 2000 people. The objective of the meeting was to strengthen the bonds across the communities and reiterate their resolve to unitedly continue […]

Resounding Opposition From Local Villagers To Mining By Vedanta During The Second Public Hearing 

Groundxero Report | 19th October, 2023   The second Public Hearing, required to obtain the Environment Clearance for the Sijimali Bauxite Mining Project of Vedanta, met with equal resounding opposition from local villagers. It was held on Oct 18 at Kerpai High School premises in Thuamul Rampur Block of Kalahandi district, Odisha.   The public hearing started at […]

Public Hearing For Vedanta’s Sijimali Mining Ends Amid Opposition By Villagers

Groundxero Report | 16th October, 2023   Rayagada, Odisha: The public hearing seeking environmental clearance for bauxite mining by Vedanta Limited at Sijimali in Odisha’s Rayagada district concluded on October 16 (Monday) amid massive protests by villagers opposed to the project voicing concerns over the possible adverse impact of mining on local ecology.    The public hearing  was […]

Lawyers Petition Odisha Governor to Halt Public Hearing for the Sijimali Bauxite Project

25 September 2023   A public hearing has been announced for Vedanta’s bauxite mining project in South Odisha after intense repression of villagers and activists opposing the project for over one month. The Sijimali Bauxite Mining Project spreads over both Thuamal Rampur block in Kalahandi District and Kashipur block in Raygada District. It is shocking […]

UAPA Foisted on Leaders, Activists and Supporters of Niyamgiri Surakhya Samiti 

Groundxero : 12 August, 2023   The Odisha police have lodged an FIR and brought in charges under various sections of the draconian anti-terror UAPA, against the leaders and supporters of Niyamgiri Surakhya Samiti (NSS). On 5th August, two activists of NSS namely, Krushna Sikaka (village Patangpadar) and Bari Sikaka (village Lakhpadar) were forcibly abducted by […]

COVID-19: Odisha Mining Companies Profit at the Cost of Adivasi Dalit Lives 

While the COVID-19 virus continues to make its way through the population, infecting larger numbers of individuals every day, the Adivasi Dalit communities of Odisha are at great risk due to the state government’s decision to allow mining activities and continue operations in mineral production factories across Odisha, writes Surya Shankar Dash.     Asurpada, […]

State Terror Continues unabated in Niyamgiri hills, 5 Activists Arrested

In a latest crackdown, five activists from the Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti were arrested by Odisha Police yesterday, in continuation of brutal repression on the anti-mining struggle by Vedanta and the Naveen Patnaik Government. A report by Surya Shankar Dash.   On the morning of 24th July ’19, Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti (NSS) activists Jilu Majhi, Tunguru […]

‘A Year After Thoothukudi Burned’ – A report

On May 22, 2018, Tamil Nadu police opened fire on thousands of people demonstrating against the expansion of Sterlite’s copper smelter plant in Thoothukudi. The residents were protesting against the Vedanta owned unit accusing it of causing severe environmental pollution in the entire region. One year after the violent incident in which 18 persons were shot dead and scores […]

Villagers Demanding Jobs in Vedanta’s Refinery in Orissa Caned by Security Forces: Two Dead and Many Injured

  GroundXero: Two persons were reportedly killed and over 30 injured at Vedanta Alumina refinery in Lanjigarh town of Kalahandi district in Orissa. According to reports, hundreds of displaced people from Rengalpali and two other nearby villages were holding a protest in front of the refinery demanding jobs in the unit. Violence erupted when the […]