The AP government is all set to allow Anrak Aluminium Limited to commission its alumina refinery in Rachapalli in Makkavarapalem in Visakhpatnam. At a press conference in Visakhapatnam on Sunday, Rajya Sabha member and in charge for YSRC North Andhra Affairs Mr. V. Vijaysai Reddy said the government has been planning to allow Anrak Aluminium Ltd to commission their plant since it has invested Rs. 5000 crore and promised to provide jobs to local youth.
“But we will not allow mining of Bauxite in the Visakhapatnam Agency. The company has to import from outside or source it from Odisha,” Vijaysai Reddy said added that the YSRCP had assured the Adivasis that mining of Bauxite had been stopped for good. Paderu MLA K Bhagyalakshmi said the Adivasis in Vizag agency would not have any objections if the plant operates in a non-tribal area far from the agency tracts. “As long as they do not mine in the agency, we have no objection, she said.
Anrak Aluminium Limited (AAL), a joint venture of Penna Group and Ras AL Khaimah Investment Authority, completed its trials in 2014 and obtained environmental clearance from MOEFCC in 2018. However, the company could not commission could not after APMDC, with which it signed an MoU in 2007, could not supply Bauxite. The 1.5 million tonne capacity alumina refinery was set up after the acquisition of 2,300 acres of land through the AP Industrial Infrastructure Corporation at Rachapalli.
The project was completed, along with a 72×3 MV captive power plat, in 2013 with a total investment of Rs.6,000 crore. Sources said till APMDC supplied the mines, the AAL has to buy from Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation or the Orissa Mining Company in an auction. The other option is to import, they said. The company, in an earlier announcement, said it would provide 500 direct jobs and over 2000 indirect jobs.
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