Vedanta Dedicates New Road Under the Bridge to Jharsuguda Residents

16th July 2021

Jharsuguda, Odisha; 16th July, 2021: Vedanta Aluminium, India’s largest producer of aluminium and value-added products, has dedicated an approach road under the bridge (RUB) to residents of the Jharsuguda district. The RUB was inaugurated today by Shri. Naba Kisore Das, Hon’ble Minister – Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Odisha, in the presence of Mr. CN Singh, CEO – Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda, Shri. Suresh Pujari, Hon’ble Member of Parliament – Bargarh, Shri. Saroj Kumar Samal, District Magistrate & Collector – Jharsuguda, Shri. Bikash Chandra Dash, Superintendent of Police, Jharsuguda, Shri. Pradeep Kumar, Divisional Railway Manager, East Coast Railway, Sambalpur, and other eminent dignitaries of the region.

The newly built approach road is 1.6 km long and connects Vedanta’s main gate to Sambalpur-Rourkela State Highwayease traffic movement in the region and improve connectivity of residents from Brundamal, Banjari, Bhurkamunda, Bhagipali, Katikela, and other villages heading to Sambalpur and beyond. It will also help reduce traffic congestion created near the Sunarimunda Chowk due to the railway line. Vedanta Jharsuguda has, additionally, beautified the approach road by planting trees, provided footpaths and installed safety signages to ensure proper adherence to road safety rules by the users.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. CN Singh, CEO – Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda, said, “Developing sustainable community infrastructures is one of the key pillars in our social responsibility endeavours.  We dedicate the approach road under the bridge to the people of Jharsuguda, with the hope that it will serve them well. We will continue to work closely with the Jharsuguda District Administration, as the region’s partner in progress, to improve the quality of life of the local communities.”

Shri. Naba Kisore Das, Hon’ble Minister, Health & Family Welfare Department, Govt. of Odisha appreciated the company’s initiative saying, “Vedanta has always been at the forefront of contribution towards the development of Jharsuguda. There will be a drastic reduction in traffic with the help of this RUB. This road will also benefit the public. I thank and congratulate Vedanta, the Railway Authority and the District Administration for the successful completion of this RUB project. Vedanta has also contributed to the establishment of COVID hospital at the Bhawanipatna and Deogarh districts. I request the continued support of Vedanta in the journey of Jharsuguda’s progress.”

Vedanta has developed several community infrastructures such as approach roads, culverts, drains, tube wells, ponds, community centres, places of worship, electrification of roads, installation of CCTV cameras, etc. to improve quality of life in the region. This year, the company also revamped the community centre and cultural landmark ‘Sanskruti Bhavan’ for the locals, making it functional for public meetings and various events. Till date, more than 500 key infrastructure assets have been created by the company for the Jharsuguda community.

Vedanta’s social interventions in the domains of quality education sustainable livelihood, women empowerment, health, water and sanitation, bio-investment and community infrastructure reach out to a total of 72 villages in Jharsuguda and nearby areas, benefiting nearly 80,000 people in a year. It empowers more than 4000 women from over 339 SHGs, provides doorstep healthcare services to about 32,000 people annually, gives educational support to more than 6400 students, has planted more than 1.48 lakh trees in partnership with locals at the community level.

Vedanta is India’s largest producer of the green metal, aluminium, operating a world-class 1.6 MTPA aluminium smelter and 3615 MW thermal power generation facility in Jharsuguda, Odisha. The only Indian smelter in the global ‘1 Million Tonne’ production and export club, Vedanta Jharsuguda is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications across core industries. With one of the largest technically qualified and diverse workforces in the country, the company is working towards a sustainable and greener future for all by spurring emerging applications of aluminium, the ‘Metal of the Future’.

About Vedanta Limited:

Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Limited, is one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas and Metals company with significant operations in Oil & Gas, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper, Iron Ore, Steel, and Aluminium & Power across India, South Africa, Namibia, and Australia. For two decades, Vedanta has been contributing significantly to nation building. Governance and sustainable development are at the core of Vedanta's strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety, and environment. Giving back is in the DNA of Vedanta, which is focused on enhancing the lives of local communities. Under the aegis of Vedanta Cares, the flagship social impact program, Nand Ghars have been set up as model anganwadis focused on eradicating child malnutrition, providing education, healthcare, and empowering women with skill development. Vedanta and its group companies have been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2020, and were conferred Frost & Sullivan Sustainability Awards 2020, CII Environmental Best Practices Award 2020, CSR Health Impact Award 2020, CII National Award 2020 for Excellence in Water Management, CII Digital Transformation Award 2020, ICSI National Award 2020 for excellence in Corporate Governance, People First HR Excellence Award 2020, 'Company with Great Managers 2020' by People Business and certified as a Great Place to Work 2021. Vedanta Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange in India and has ADRs listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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About Vedanta Aluminium and Power:

Vedanta Aluminium & Power, a part of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of Aluminium, producing almost half of India's Aluminium or 1.9 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) in FY20, and is also one of the largest private power producers in the country. BALCO is a part of Vedanta’s Aluminium and Power Business. Vedanta is a leader in value-added Aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. With its world-class smelters, power plants and alumina refinery spread across India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of Aluminium as the 'Metal of the Future' for a greener tomorrow.

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