COLOUR GRANITE QUARRY LEASES IN SRIKAKULAM DIVISION

SRIKAKULAM GEOLOGY:

Srikakulam is located along the longitudinal Eastern Ghats belt extending into Ongole in the southern side and has a longest coast line in Andhra Pradesh. The regional geology is explained in terms of three longitudinal zones which collectively is 600 kms in length from Srikakulam to Ongole with varied width from 100 – 20 kms treading from North to South.   The landforms in the Eastern Ghats belt (known as Eastern Ghats Mobile belt in geological terms) are Charnockitic zone, Kondalite Zone and Migmatite zone, Migamatite belt is well developed in Srikakulam. It is these migmatites and migmatised charnockite deposits commercially known as ‘Srikakulam Blue’. The blue colour of granite (for which is internationally famous) comes from blue quartz and bluish grey to light grey feldspar. It is believed that due to massive monolithic igneous formation (landforms) these rocks are amenable for producing large size blocks (usually the granite block is 10’*5’*5’ and lesser).

Granite is a minor mineral and is administered at the state level under its Minor Mineral Concession Rules (in this case APMMCR) and Granite Conservation and Development Rules, 1999 (amended). It is largely under GCDR 1999 that mining leases for granite are awarded and mining plan prepared. In a recent development, the Supreme court of India (February 2012) in its order dated 27.2.2012 in the matter of Deepak Kumar Vs State of Haryana and Others made it clear that irrespective of the size and nature of lease (even minor mineral and less than 5 hectares), the leases including their renewal can only be granted after getting environmental clearance from the MoEF.

Definition of Granite as per Granite Conservation and Development Rules 1999 (h) “granite” means dolerites, granite geneisses, migmatites, gabbros, anorthosites, rhyolites, syenites,   Confluence of Nagavali and Suvarnamukhi, the arrow head points to a zoomed image of encircled area where a mining spot is shown. Basic Document on Granite Mining (Srikakulam, A.P.)

MINING INFORMATION CLEARINGHOUSE OF INDIA : leptynites, charnockites and any other igneous and orthometamorphic rock types which are ‐

(i) amenable to be recovered as dimensional stone;

(ii) capable of taking polish; and

(iii) commercially exploitable

Granite is mined through opencast mining which is generally a quarry and as these are hard rocks which are used in construction activities, these have to be taken out using blasting measures alongwith heavy machinery to carry the blocks. India is the second largest producer of raw granite and stands at fifth place when it comes to processed granite. In Andhra Pradesh, important mining areas are located in the districts of Chittoor, Anantapur, Kurnool, Prakasam, Srikakulam, Warangal, Karimnagar and    Khammam.   The mining of granite involves  two important stages of operation: one is actual block splitting either from sheet rock or boulder and the other operation involves many  items of works, such as removal of weathered zone or overburden, opening of faces, lifting of cut blocks, transportation and many other ancillary work before  and after the block splitting .

COLOUR GRANITE QUARRY LEASES IN SRIKAKULAM DIVISION:

MANDAL VILLAGE GRANITE COMMERCIAL NAME
KOTABAMMALI PATTUPURAM
VISWANADHAPURAM
KASTHURIPADU
CHINNASANA
DANTA
REGULAPADU
KOTHAPALLI
KURUDU
AKKIVALASA/ AKKAYAVALASA
TATIPARTHI
JALAMURU JAMINIVALASA BAHAMA BLUE GRANITE
ETCHERLA KONGARAM FLASH GREEN GRANITE
MUDDADA
PONDURU RAPAKA POKARNA GREEN GRANITE
POLAKI THOTADA S K BLUE / VIZAQ BLUE GRANITE
KONDALAKKIVALASA SK BLUE / VIZAQ BLUE GRANITE
RALLAGODDAYAVALASA BROWN GRANITE
SRIKAKULAM SINGUPURAM FLASH BLUE GRANITE
THANDEMVALASA FLASH BLUE GRANITE
PATHRUNIVALASA FLASH BLUE GRANITE
BHAMINI PALAVALASA WHITE GRANITE
BHURUJOLA WHITE GRANITE
VEERAGATHAM CHALIVENDRY GREEN GRANITE
J GOPALAPURAM
HIRAMANDALAM KONDARAGOLU
KITTALAPADU
PALAKONDA SINGANNAVALASA SILICA BROWN GRANITE
RAGEDI AMUDALAVALASA APPAPURAM SNOW WHITE GRANITE
JODUBANDALA
A V PURAM WHITE GALAXY GRANITE
SANTHAKAVITI G S PURAM
SARAVAKOTA BONTHU CORAMANDEL BLUE GRANITE
CHARANDASUPURAM
JARALI ORION BLUE GRANITE
KOMMU SARIAPALLI SK BLUE / VIZAQBLUE GRANITE
KUMANADHAPURAM
BADIRI GUMMAPADU BAHAMA BLUE GRANITE
GUMAPADU ORION BLUE GRANITE
ANGURU
CHODASAMUDRAM
SARAVAKOTA
KUMMARIGUNTA SK BLUE / VIZAQBLUE GRANITE
PEDALAMBA WHITE GRANITE
GOVARDHANAPURAM
SEETHAMPETA G GUMMADA SPIDER WHITE GRANITE
RAYAKURUDU JASMINE WHITE GRANITE
CHINTADA MIRACLE WHITE
PULIPUTI WHITE GRANITE
DARAPADU SEETHAMPETA WHITE GRANITE
VANGARA JAGANNADHAVALASA WHITE GALAXY GRANITE
NEELAYAVALASA WHITE GALAXY GRANITE

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