Visakhapatnam

Global summit promotes Odisha, A.P. as preferred aluminium hubs

‘Focus is on value addition and addressing green concerns’

Promoting Odisha and Andhra Pradesh as the most preferred aluminium hubs remained the focus of discussions at the four-day International Conference on Aluminium (INCAL)-2019 which concluded in Bhubaneswar recently.

The Aluminium Association of India (AAI), National Aluminium Company (NALCO), and Union Ministry of Mines organised the event to showcase it as a platform for networking and highlighting advances made in mining and utilisation of the metal.

The conference attended by 850 delegates including 150 representing 20 countries underlined the importance of increasing value addition, raising domestic consumption sustainably while addressing the social and environmental issues at the same time.

NALCO CMD T.K. Chand, who is keen on investing in A.P. by setting up a greenfield alumina refinery and smelter complex in Vizag, said they wanted to promote aluminium as the futuristic metal for construction of bullet trains, aircraft, electrical vehicles, smart cities and massive structures through collaborations. He said that they had strong resolve to project Odisha as the aluminium capital of India.

Some delegates called for allaying fears of people on bauxite mining. They wanted mining should be allowed in areas bordering Odisha, in Visakhapatnam and East Godavari to dig bauxite ore and supply it to refineries.

Ore availability

Several experts felt that awareness needed to be created to remove ‘misapprehensions’ among people mainly social activists with regard to bauxite mining and its probable fallout on the environment. “It is time we addressed environmental issues,” Mines Secretary Anil Mukim said.

Santosh Patnaik

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