Laterite is a minor industrial mineral whose exploitation would not require central government approval, Vedanta's presentation to the ministers points out.
"The company, while it was shut for six months, experimented with laterite from Andhra Pradesh, and brought this to our notice. But as an industrial mineral, it falls under the revenue department... we have
to look into it," said Odisha's steel and mines minister Rajanikant Singh.
Deposits occur within 100km of Vedanta's plant, which is equipped to use it as an alternate exigency feed, said a Vedanta official who asked not to be quoted.
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