The Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation signed an MOU with M/s. Gimpex Ltd., Chennai for exploitation of low grade Iron Ore deposits over an extent of 1307.26 acres and establishment of beneficiation plant under Joint Venture.
Local people, opposed to setting up of an iron ore extraction plant in the village, clashed with police in Dec 2011 (1). Villagers also boycotted public hearing on the proposed plant.
The annual capacity of the proposed venture is 5 lakh MTs and the expected revenue is Rs. 2.25 crores per annum @ Rs. 45 / MT of concentrate produced. This project would generate employment for 500 to 800 people. This project involves investment of Rs. 150 to Rs. 175 crores.
Andhra Pradesh Government, Pollution Control Board, Prakasam District Collector
Conflict & Mobilization
HIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
PREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Farmers Indigenous groups or traditional communities Neighbours/citizens/communities
Forms of mobilization:
Blockades Boycotts of official procedures/non-participation in official processes Property damage/arson
Potential: Soil contamination, Soil erosion, Waste overflow, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Mine tailing spills
Potential: Other environmental related diseases
Visible: Land dispossession Potential: Displacement, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood
Planned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)
Conflict outcome / response:
Violent targeting of activists
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:
Villagers are against the establishment of the mining in the area. They claim that a canal that is supplying drinking water to the villages, would get polluted and would also cause air and noise pollution in the area. Also locals are not assured about the getting employment at the mining or plant.
Sources & Materials
References to published books, academic articles, movies or published documentaries
Exploitation of low grade iron ore in Prakasam District
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