Jindal finalises location

Jindal South West Aluminum Limited (JSWAL) has announced the shifting of its alumina refinery project to S. Kota in Vizianagaram district from Sabbavaram near here.The Jindal management which also attended a public hearing held by the AndhraPradesh Pollution Control Board in the city some time back for locating their Rs. 4,000-crore refinery at Sabbavaram, shifted the project site due to heavy appreciation of real estate prices on the city suburbs.

We want to make it very clear that we are not into real estates. The district authorities sought the land sought by us at Sabbavaram at Rs. 20 lakhs an acre which we found not viable for our project. In S. Kota, the extent of private land involved and displacement of people is minimal,” JSWAL Director (business development) Sandeep Gokhale informed media representatives. The refinery will have a capacity of 1.4 million tonnes per annum with a 90 MW co-generation plant.

The smelter, which is likely to be located in Khammam district due to close proximity to coal mines, will have a production capacity of 4.2 million tonnes per annum. The smelter will involve an investment of Rs. 5,000 crores.Mr. Gokhale said that as per the MoU signed with the State Government, the AP Mineral Development Corporation would supply them bauxite ore after obtaining all the clearances. The refinery would come up in 36 months from the date of getting forest, environment and other clearances.

The Jindal management has already identified approximately 1,300 acres in and around Boddavara in S. Kota mandal. The ore will come through closed conveyer. There will be a 50-km rail linkage up to Semiliguda. As Araku has 60-million tonne deposit, the raw material from that side will be enough for 15 to 18 years. Mr. Gokhale claimed that 87 per cent of land identified by them belonged to the Government and only about 50 families would be displaced.
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