Environment Management Plan for Steel Plant in Kadapa in AP
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Environment Management Plan for Steel Plant in Kadapa in AP

The Union environment & forests ministry on 9 March granted green signal to YSR Steel Corporation Limited, formerly AP High Grade Steels Ltd, based on

The Union environment & forests ministry on 9 March granted green signal to YSR Steel Corporation Limited, formerly AP High Grade Steels Ltd, based on the environment impact assessment report submitted by the government. The Hindu reported that Andhra Pradesh government has earmarked approximately INR 1,815 crore towards Environment Management Plan for the integrated steel plant in Jammalamadugu mandal of Kadapa district in AP. It includes the capital cost of air, water and noise pollution control, green belt and open area development, rain harvesting structures, occupational health and safety measures etc and an annual recurring cost of INR 53 crore.

24 specific conditions have been laid down by the expert appraisal committee of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change which have to be complied for setting 3 million tonne per annum capacity plant, include

  1. Installation of 24×7 emission monitoring system at the stacks and a continuous ambient air quality station

  2. A 24×7 effluent monitoring system is to be put in place to prevent water pollution

  3. Installation of a waste recycling plant for recovering metal and flux from the blast furnace slag

  4. A green belt in about 485 hectares with native tree species, which is roughly 33.31% of the total project area

  5. Development of a biodiversity park in 10 hectares

  6. A 10 metre high dust curtain that shields the ancient Kanya Teertham temple which is surrounded on three sides by the steel plant site, do landscaping and raise a 50 metre green belt buffer zone around it

According to AP High Grade Steels Ltd’s Pre Feasibility Report, proposed plant facilities include

  1. Coke oven and by product plant - 2 x 67 ovens, 7 meter tall

  2. Sinter plant - 496 square meters

  3. Blast furnace - 4,700 cubic meters

  4. Basic oxygen furnaces - 2 x 175 tonnes

  5. Ladle furnaces - 2 x 175 tonnes

  6. RH-Degasser - 175 tonnes

  7. Billet casters - 2x6 strand

  8. Slab caster - 1 strand

  9. Plate mill - 668,000 tonnes per year

  10. Merchant mill - 1,200,000 tonnes per year

  11. Wire rod mill - 1,000,000 tonnes per year

  12. Oxygen plant - 2 x1350 tonnes day

  13. Calcined lime plant - 2 x 500 tonnes per day

  14. Calcined dolo plant - 500 tonnes per day

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