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Probe Ordered Into Vedanta Ash Pond Cave-in Incident

Large crop areas suffered extensive damage in Katikola village under Odisha’s Jharsuguda district as the ash pond structure of Vedanta Alumina limited caved in late Monday night.

Irate villagers registering protest have staged dharna in front of the plant gate.

Around 50 acres of crop fields have come under toxin ash water submergence. Besides the ash slurry substances also made their way to nearby Veden River polluting the water body.

The incident led to widespread resentment among locals, who alleged that crop farmland besides the ground water and river water sources in their area has been polluted.

The plant authorities have been served a show cause notice and have also been asked to compensate the farmers against the loss caused to their farmlands. The state pollution control board personnel, who have been informed of the ash pond cave-in incident, have been directed to conduct an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.

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