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Mining Project at Marlapadu village, India


The Government of Andhra Pradesh reserved low grade Iron Ore deposit areas in Konijedu, Marlapadu villages in Prakasam District over an extent of 3,143 acres for exploitation in public sector.

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Mining Project at Marlapadu village, India
State or province:Andhra Pradesh
Location of conflict:Prakasam
Accuracy of locationHIGH (Local level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Mineral Ores and Building Materials Extraction
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Mineral ore exploration
Specific commodities:Iron ore
Project Details and Actors
Project details

The annual capacity of the proposed venture is 5 lakh MTs and the expected revenue is Rs. 2.25 crores per annum @ Rs. 45 / MT of concentrate produced. This project would generate employment for 500 to 800 people. This project involves investment of Rs. 150 to Rs. 175 crores.

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Project area:530
Level of Investment for the conflictive project30000000
Type of populationRural
Start of the conflict:17/11/2012
Company names or state enterprises:Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation (APMDC) from India
M/s. Gimpex Ltd. from India
Relevant government actors:Andhra Pradesh Government, Pollution Control Board, Prakasam District Collector
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityHIGH (widespread, mass mobilization, violence, arrests, etc...)
Reaction stagePREVENTIVE resistance (precautionary phase)
Groups mobilizing:Farmers
Indigenous groups or traditional communities
Forms of mobilization:Blockades
Boycotts of official procedures/non-participation in official processes
Property damage/arson
Environmental ImpactsPotential: Soil contamination, Soil erosion, Waste overflow, Surface water pollution / Decreasing water (physico-chemical, biological) quality, Groundwater pollution or depletion, Mine tailing spills
Health ImpactsPotential: Other environmental related diseases
Socio-economical ImpactsVisible: Land dispossession
Potential: Displacement, Lack of work security, labour absenteeism, firings, unemployment, Loss of livelihood
Project StatusPlanned (decision to go ahead eg EIA undertaken, etc)
Conflict outcome / response:Violent targeting of activists
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:Villagers are against the establishment of the mining in the area. They claim that a canal that is supplying drinking water to the villages, would get polluted and would also cause air and noise pollution in the area. Also locals are not assured about the getting employment at the mining or plant.
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Exploitation of low grade iron ore in Prakasam District

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Business Line, APMDC, Chennai co to tap iron ore in Prakasam district
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The Hindu, Villagers boycott public hearing on mining
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(1)Villagers clash with police over mining project
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Villagers clash with police in Prakasam district of AP over iron or mining plans by Gympex
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Contributor:Swapan Kumar Patra
Last update18/08/2019
Conflict ID:921
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