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

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Surabhi BhandariLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

October 9, 2020

Location of Conflict

Chintapalli

,

Buddhavaram village, Gannamavaram mandal, near Vijaywada

Visakhapatnam

This is a Left Wing Extremism Affected District

This is A Schedule Five District

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Bauxite Mining

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)

People Affected by Conflict

8000

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

1212

ha

State

Andhra Pradesh

Sector

Mining

In 2015, the Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation (APMDC) was given a 30-year 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 two-year 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 non-compliance of applicable laws and failure to obtain environmental clearances as well as clearance from the Pollution Control Board. Revocation of these leases was also a key poll promise of the current Andhra Pradesh government.

Region Classification

Rural

Type of Land

Common

Private and Common

Type of Common Land

Forest and Non-Forest

Total investment involved (in Crores):

20000

Type of investment:

Land Area Affected
(in Hectares):

1212

ha

Starting Year

2015

Government Bodies Involved in the Conflict:

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

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Integrated Tribal Development Agency

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Jindal South West Aluminium Ltd, Anrak Aluminium Ltd

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.

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