Utkal Alumina International to expand Baphlimali Bauxite Mining Project in located in village(s) Paikkupakhal, Karanjkupakhal, Dhuturapas, Dandabad, Chandragiri, Durumusi, Suryagada and Kendumundi, Tehsil(s) Kashipur & Thuamul Rampur, District(s) Rayagada & Kalahandi in Orissa. The project involves opening a new mine for production of bauxite to 8.5million tonnes per annum (million TPA) to meet the captive requirement of their alumina plant located at a distance of about 17km. The total project cost is estimated at Rs. 3000 million. Approximately 24,650TPD of mineral will be transported through a 21km long covered conveyor. The Baphlimali Plateau forms a part of Eastern Ghat Hills and the topography of the area is a plateau top generally flat and the elevation above mean sea level ranging from 990m-1093m AMSL. It has been reported that the plateau top is devoid of vegetation in most part giving a bald look to the area (Khondalite exposures, however, support growth of trees and shrubs). The ultimate working depth of mine will be 1054m AMSL(40m from the plateau top of 1094m AMSL) and 960m AMSL(30m from plateau top of 990m AMSL). The ground water table is reported to vary from 890m AMSL (100m from the plateau top of 990m AMSL) to 944m AMSL(150m from the plateau top of 1094m AMSL). The mine working will not intersect the ground water table. The peak water requirement of the project is estimated as 2000m3 per day, which will be obtained from the surface water(San River or Kandabindha Nallah).
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