Supreme Court judgment on Alumna Refinery Project

M/s. Vedanta Aluminium Ltd. has filed an allplication before this Court seeking clearance of the proposal for use of 723.343 ha of land (including 58.943 ha of reserve forest land)in Lanjigarh Tehsil of Kalahandi District for setting up Alumia Refinery. The matter has been pending since 6.3.04. The Project consists of setting up of a large integrated aluminium complex in Orissa by M/s.Vedanta Aluminium Ltd. The short question which needs to be answered is :whether M/s. VAL should be allowed to set up its Refinery/Project known as "Alumna Refinery Project". As stated above the Project involves the proposal for diversion of 58.943 ha of forest land.