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A decision on the time of commencement of the $16-billion mining project that the Adani Group has planned in Australia is entirely for group head Gautam Adani to make, Australian High Commissioner to India Harinder Sidhu has said, putting the ball squarely in the industrialist’s court.
“The Australian government supports the Adani project for a very simple reason: it represents a massive economic development for the country. It will attract jobs, it will bring in investments, it will open up a part of Australia’s resource sector that has yet to be opened, it will be very dynamic for the local economy,” the Indian-origin envoy told BusinessLine .
She said the Australian government has given all clearances, particularly environmental, as the project meets all requirements; now it is up to the Adani Group to begin work on the mine.
Ever since the project was announced, it has been facing strong opposition from the locals, NGOs and civil rights groups there, citing the severe environmental degradation it is likely to bring in central Queensland. So much so that banks are now shying away from financing the project.
Bank of China and the Industrial & Commercial Bank of China stated on Sunday that they have washed their hands of the project, making it clear that they will not provide funding for the project.
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