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Niyamgiri Hill Range
Highest point
PeakCentral Hill
Elevation1,509 m (4,951 ft)
DistrictsKalahandi and Rayagada
Borders onBissam Katak, Muniguda, Lanjigarh, Kalyansinghpur

The Niyamgiri is a hill range situated in the districts of Kalahandi and Rayagada in the south-west of Odisha, India. These hills are home to Dongria Kondh indigenous people. The hills have one of India's most pristine forests in the interior. It is bound by Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary on the north-west side and Kotgarh Wildlife Sanctuary on the north-east end.[1]

The Environment and Forest ministry of Government of India scrapped a forest clearance given to a mining firm, Vedanta Resources, to mine bauxite in the area and the mining project was scrapped.[2][3] In 2013, the Supreme Court of India asked the tribal people to take the decision, in which BMP was rejected in all village council meetings.[4]


  1. ^ Ahmed Neyazi, Taberez; Tanabe, Akio; Ishizaka, Shinya (11 July 2014). Democratic Transformation and the Vernacular Public Arena in India. Routledge. p. 27. ISBN 9781317694038.
  2. ^ Patnaik, Santosh (19 August 2013). "12th gram sabha too votes against Vedanta mining" – via
  3. ^ "Govt rejects Vedanta's Niyamgiri mining project".
  4. ^ Jebaraj, Priscilla (18 April 2013). "Court directs gram sabhas to take a call on Vedanta's mining project" – via

Coordinates: 19°35′N 83°24′E / 19.583°N 83.400°E / 19.583; 83.400