Bauxite Mining Leases in AP's Chintapalli Forest Cancelled after Protests from Tribespeople

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Surabhi Bhandari

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Published on

June 5, 2020

June 5, 2020

Updated on

June 5, 2020

Location of Conflict

Chintapalli

Buddhavaram village, Gannamavaram mandal, near Vijaywada

Visakhapatnam

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Bauxite Mining

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People Affected by Conflict

8000

Households Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

1212

ha

Starting Year

2015

State

Andhra Pradesh

Sector

Mining

In 2015, the Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation (APMDC) was given a 30year lease for mining bauxite in Jarrela and Chintapalli Reserved Forests in Visakhapatnam, aggregating to 1212 hectares. The APMDC had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with private parties Jindal South West Holdings Limited and Anrak Aluminum Limited to undertake operations. Around 8,000 tribespeople, who will be directly affected by the proposed mining, have protested against the project. The twoyear period for starting the work ended in January 2017. Work could not commence due to opposition from the forest dwellers. Former Union Tribal Welfare Minister V. Kishore Chandra Deo said, "As per the Panchayat (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act and the Forest Rights Act, tribal people are the natural owners of minerals available in reserved forests. The APMDC has no right to either take up mining on its own or through other agencies. It is registered under the Companies Act and the majority stake in the corporation might go to private hands anytime. The lease deeds were cancelled in September 2019 on the grounds of noncompliance of applicable laws and failure to obtain environmental clearances as well as clearance from the Pollution Control Board.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Refusal to give up land for the project

Complaint against procedural violations

Demand to retain/protect access to common land/resources

Opposition against environmental degradation

Other Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Forest and Non-Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

20000

Type of investment:

Year of Estimation

Page Number In Investment Document:

Has the Conflict Ended?

Yes

When did it end?

September 27, 2019

Why did the conflict end?

The lease deeds were cancelled in September 2019 on the grounds of non-compliance of applicable laws and failure to obtain environmental clearances as well as clearance from the Pollution Control Board.

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Forest and Scheduled Area Governance Laws, Environmental Laws

Legislations/Policies Involved

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Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community?

What was the Decision of the Concerned Government Department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Non-implementation/violation of FRA

Lack of legal protection over land rights

Non-implmentation/violation of PESA

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

High Court of Andhra Pradesh

Case Number

Writ Petition No. 1571/2006

Main Reasoning/Decision of court

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

No items found.

Whether criminal law was used against protestors:

Reported Details of the Violation:

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Armed protests

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & Head of Forest Force; Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Jindal South West Aluminium Ltd, Anrak Aluminium Ltd

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Communities/Local Organisations in the Conflict:

Integrated Tribal Development Agency

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