BALCO has two captive Bauxite mines in Chhattisgarh state - one at Mainpat with capacity 7,50,000 TPA and another at Bodai Daldali (Kawardha) with capacity of 12,50,000 TPA.

Both the mines are situated at an elevated plateau; the area is flat and covered with soil / lateritic boulders. The Bauxite ore is available as pocket deposit with 1.5 metre average thickness and is normally available below 3 - 5 metres from ground level.

Operational Excellence

  • Mining Method - Conventional Semi-mechanised Opencast Mining.
  • Top Soil - Reused for backfilling and to retain fertility of land.
  • Equipment Deployed - Drill, Excavator, Dumper, Rock Breaker, Dozer and Water Sprinkler.
  • Winning of Bauxite - Drilling, Blasting and Manual Sorting/ Sizing. Only wet drilling is deployed.
  • Reclamation - Mining and backfilling executed concurrently.
  • Reclaimed area is afforested to cover the exposed land with greenery.
  • Original topography is retained.
  • Afforestation - Plantation of manifold local species has increased the green density in the surrounding landscape.
  • Water Harvesting – Pre-determined mined out areas converted to ponds.
  • Environment Conservation – Pre-defined and systematic design of Garland Drains, Check Dams, Parapet Walls, development of Green Belt.
  • Wildlife Conservation in association with State Government.
  • Zero accident record for last five years.
  • All mining activities and pollution prevention mitigation measures undertaken as per the stipulated guidelines of various governing agencies.

Resettlement & Rehabilitation of mines displaced families

  • Benchmark Resettlement and Rehabilitation (R & R) for Project Affected Families.
  • Facilities provided for rehabilitated villages are unique.