LATEST STATUS OF MINING ZONES IN ANHDRA PRADESH
The concept of Mining zones:
Rapid urbanization has resulted in the expansion of residential colonies close to the areas in which quarry leases have been granted. This has led to frequent representations from Residents associations for cancellation of the leases and prohibition of quarrying operations. On the other hand, the Association of crusher owners and quarry lease holders have been representing to the Government that they have established crushers long ago incurring huge expenditure and that at the time of taking leases and establishment of crushers.
Having considered the matter carefully and after due consideration of all relevant aspects such as safety, environmental protection as well as the need to ensure availability of material for the construction industry and realization of Government revenue, The Government of Andhra Pradesh vide G.O. Ms No.153 dated 01.03.2002 have decided to create Mining zones where activity other that quarrying will be prohibited. Once an area is identified as a Mining zone, no permission for house construction shall be allowed around the Mining Zone.
Objectives of the Concept:
1. To meet the growing demand of Road metal in urban areas.
2. Localize all road metal quarries at few designated places and thereby scattered localization of road metal quarries all around urban agglomerations is prevented.
3. To conduct quarrying and crushing operations in Systematic and Scientific manner in compliance with Environmental standards.
4. To increase the revenue of the Govt by way of introducing a fool proof way of collecting Mineral Royalty.
The Role of APMDC:
The APMDC came forward to take over the areas identified as Mining zones for smooth operation of the quarries without causing any environmental hazards and disturbances to local inhabitants. There is a clear provision under Rule 9-A of AP Minor Mineral Concession Rules, 1966 for reservation of areas by the state Government through notification in the official Gazette for exploitation by the Government corporation established by the state.
The APMDC- Mode of operation adopted:
The APMDC has made Several QLs around major towns of the state of Andhra Pradesh for developing the areas into Mining Zones.
The APMDC will protect mining Zones through fencing the area, development of a green belt, protection of the area by keeping security guards, appointment of qualified Engineers, Appointment of Qualified Mines managers. Blasters and other statutory persons and will allow/conduct the Centralized quarrying operations in Mineral bearing area of the mining Zone and supply the same to crushers identified to be located in the foot hill and non mineral bearing areas of the Mining zone. The corporation will establish an explosive magazine; take care of blasting operations as per the statutory norms, take steps for sprinkling of water and other dust control measures as per Pollution control board norms.
The Status of Different mining zones in the state are as below:
I. Mining Zones of Chittoor District around the city of Tirupathi:
1. Chandragiri Mining Zone, Chandragiri (V), Chandragiri (M):
The Chandragiri Mining zone is located over an extent of 66.538 ha in 1481 sy no of Chandragiri village. The survey work of the Mining zone is under progress. The process of identifying the Quarry development operator is under way and an EOI was already issued to that effect.
2. Durgasamudram Mining Zone, Durgasamudram (V) Tirupathy rural (M):
The Durgasamudram Mining zone is located over an extent of 307.913 ha in 305 sy no of Durgasamudram village. The survey work of the Mining zone is completed. The process of identifying the Quarry development operator is under way and an EOI was already issued to that effect.
3. Kottala Mining Zone, Kottala (V), Chandragiri (M):
The Kottala Mining zone is located over an extent of 56 ha in 557 sy nos of Kottala village. The APMDC has made a QL for the area on 05.05.2007. The allotment of the area in favor of APMDC is awaited.
4 . Chandragiri (2) Mining Zone, Chandragiri (V), Chandragiri (M):
The Chandragiri (2) Mining zone is located over an extent of 132 ha in 1115 sy nos of Chandragiri village. The APMDC has made a QL for the area on 05.05.2007. The allotment of the area in favor of APMDC is awaited.
II. Mining Zones of Vishakhapatnam District around the city of Vishakhapatnam :
Veerabhadra pet Mining Zone, Veerabhadra pet (v), Cheedikada (M):
The Veerabhadra pet Mining zone is located over an extent of 150.11 ha in 124 sy nos of veerabhadra pet village. The process of identifying the Quarry development operator is under way and an EOI was already issued to that effect.