AP Government cancels Bauxite mining in Visakhapatnam

Vastavam web: The Andhra Pradesh government on Thursday cancelled the bauxite mining lease in the tribal area in the state’s Visakhapatnam district, fulfilling another poll promise of Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy.

The mining lease was given by the previous TDP government to the Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation (APMDC) for a period of 30 years, evoking protests from the local tribal community. The terms of reference for the lease has clearly mentioned that the mining should be carried out after taking necessary clearances.

The public opinion and mood of the locals was against the mining of bauxite in tribal areas and the work did not commence due to violence and other untoward incidents, it said. The mining lease was given in various parts of the agency area to the APMDC, which in turn had signed an MoU with private parties but could not carry out the task.