Andhra Pradesh reserves have been estimated to 1000 million tonnes, out of which 570 million tonnes are at Visakhapatnam and East Godavari districts in 25 pockets covering an area of about 4775 ha. Prominently these deposits are divided into two groups viz. Araku and Chintapalli. All these areas fall in the reserve forest and notified scheduled tribal area. The Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP) has reserved these deposits for exclusive exploitation in public sector vide G.O.Ms.No. 999, Industries and commerce (Mines-I) Department, dt. 25.10.1975.
Accordingly, the Corporation has filed mining lease applications for all these bauxite areas. AAL hopes to mine first the blocks in the Jerrela mountains, close to Chintapalli in Visakhapatnam district and about 90 km from the AAL site, containing a total of 246 million tonnes of bauxite. The original environmental application for AAL was for a 1.5 MTPA (million tonnes per annum) refinery, a 0.25 MTPA smelter, and a 90 MW power plant at Makavarapalem in Visakhapatnam district of AP at a cost of Rs 7,000 crore on 1,380 acres of land. AAL now reports that it has 1,926 acres of land available (AnRak Aluminium Ltd 2012b) where significant construction work is currently underway.
After the environmental clearances were secured, production estimates were increased to 3.85 MTPA (Ministry of Environment and Forests 2009). At this rate of mining, Block III will last for 17 years while the total ore deposits of 224.60 million tonnes will be sufficient for about 60 years of AAL’s operations. The sole approval remaining for Jerrela is the forest clearance from MOEF.
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