Controversy Erupts over AP’s Tender for Iron Ore Mining
Deccan Chronicle reported that a controversy has erupted over the mining department inviting tenders for mining of iron ore in D Hirehal mandal, in the western boundary region of the state, as the Karnataka government says a survey to demarcate the boundary line remains unfinished. A dispute between AP and Karnataka states over demarcation of boundary is ongoing. While Karnataka mining companies have reportedly demanded that the state government stop mining activities because a boundary dispute existed, the central survey teams have not considered village contours for demarcating the boundary.
In view of the illicit mining activities and also because of the damage thereof to the state’s boundary caused by mining companies, the CBI had filed cases. Thereon, mining activities were stopped for a decade now in D Hirehal mandal.
The Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation, fully owned by the state government, invited e-tenders from experienced and competent bidders for exploration, development and operations of 25 hectares of the iron ore deposit area at H Siddapuram village in D Hirelal mandal of the district a week ago. The mining operations will be on a raising-cum-sale-contract basis. The last date for submission of technical bid by online is July 23.
The H Siddapuram mining area has rich iron deposits in the D. Hirehal mandal located closer to Bellary district’s forest area of Karnataka.