This exposes the
gross failure of Odisha government in putting check on illegal acts done by the
company and force local people, rivers, water bodies and forest to suffer, WIO
This case is
another example of how the state government and its officials have been
neglecting the health and well-being of the local people, forests, water bodies
and rivers by allowing companies like the Vedanta to loot local resources,
destroy the environment and flout laws of the land.
“We urge upon the
government of Odisha to effect an immediate closure of the illegal fly ash pond,
free the forest land from the company’s clutches and punish all who are
responsible for violating the laws in this case,” Panda said.
Claiming that it
has been raising, since 2010, the blatant and open violations of environmental
and other laws by Vedanta group of companies in that area, WIO appealed the
Odisha government to not to allow any thermal power plant without first ensuring
all the facilities for proper management of fly ash.