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Vedanta Sesa Goa extends plant shutdown for 3 more days

"In pursuance of the fresh directive of the Government of Goa for extending the janata curfew for 3 more days and extending the furnaces shutdown for longer period, necessary job for taking proper furnace shutdown will be taken tonight so that furnace shutdown can be extended for 3 more days", the company said.

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Last Updated: Mar 23, 2020, 11.38 AM IST
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MUMBAI: Vedanta Sesa Goa, Vedanta's iron ore producing company has extended the shutdown of its operations for 3 more days following orders from the Government of Goa, the company said.

"In pursuance of the fresh directive of the Government of Goa for extending the janata curfew for 3 more days and extending the furnaces shutdown for longer period, necessary job for taking proper furnace shutdown will be taken tonight so that furnace shutdown can be extended for 3 more days", the company said.

All operations at Vedanta's Plant in Amona-Navelim Goa have been suspended including closure of its blast furnaces, except for one waste heat power plant, which is required to provide electrical power for all cooling water pumps in the plant for safety reasons.

This is critical for the safety of the equipment, people and communities around and avoid any safety issues. The company is doing it in consultation with statutory authorities, the company said.

The mining industry in the state of Goa came to a standstill after the Supreme Court quashed 88 mining leases in February 2018. The shutdown has caused an estimated loss of more than Rs. 5,000 crore per year to the State of Goa thereby adversely impacting the State’s finances. New shutdowns due to the outbreak of Covid-19 will worsen the situation, said a spokesperson from the federation of Indian mineral industries.

Recently, Vedanta Ltd announced setting up Rs 100 crore fund to be provided for the daily wage worker, employees & contract workers, and for preventive health initiatives to combat the widespread outbreak of deadly COVID-19.

"Vedanta is fully committed to the safety of its workers and surrounding communities with full compliance to the health protocols in the wake of the COVID-19 threat," the company said.



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