In the past two years, AP has followed the best practices in exploration, auction and operationalisation of 10 types of major minerals.
The Department of Atomic Energy on behalf of the IREL submitted its application for mining in these eight villages on August 13, 2015, but the application was put on hold for the past six years.
According to a gazette notification dated June 11, 2021, the MoM had reserved 1,144.06 hectares for mining beach sand minerals through IREL.
The matters relating to the regulation and control of illegal mining lies in the domain of state governments, said D Gauranga Charan Sethi.
The other objectives include more investment in the mining sector, employment generation, increasing the pace of exploration and auction of mineral resources.