About BGML Managing Director

Dr Anupam Agnihotri Managing Director, BGML

Dr Anupam Agnihotri has assumed the additional charge as Managing Director, BGML w.e.f 1st Jan 2020. Dr Agnihotri holds the degrees of B Tech (Metallurgical Engineering) from IIT, Kanpur, M Tech (Metallurgical Engineering) from VNIT, Nagpur and PhD (Materials & Metallurgical Engineering, from VNIT, Nagpur.

Dr Agnihotri is the regular Director of Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminium Research Development and Design Centre, Nagpur (JNARDDC) and holds additional charge as Director of National Institute of Miner’s Health (NIMH) both autonomous institutions under the Ministry of Mines.

Dr Agnihotri is deeply involved in research activities on aluminium technology related to energy audit, environmental monitoring, modernization programs, low cost material alternatives etc. He has served as a visiting faculty to the University of Quebec in Canada as well as the Hungarian Research Institute under United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

He is a member of the following professional and govt bodies

  • Indian Institute of Metals(IIM)
  • Council member, Indian Institute of Metals(IIM)
  • Member, Indian Non-destructive Testing Society(INTS)
  • Board Member, Aluminium Association of India(AAI)
  • Ex-Officio member of Research & Scientific Advisory Committee (RSAC), NALCO
  • Chairman, Indian Institute of Metals (IIM) Chapter, Nagpur
  • Member, National Task force &Sectoral Standing Committee for Primary Non ferrous Industries, Central pollution Control Board, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India
  • Sector Expert(Aluminium),National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE),Bureau of Energy Efficiency(BEE), Ministry of Power, Government of India
  • Honorary Member, Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI), New Delhi
  • Member, Non Ferrous metals committee, Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and industry (FICCI), New Delhi
  • Member, Sector Learning Group (SLG), Institute of Industrial Productivity (IIP) & Bureau of energy Efficiency (BEE)
  • Member, International Bauxite Alumina and Aluminium Society (IBAAS), Nagpur
  • Member, Core committee of Aluminium Mission Plan
  • Member, Database/Application/Market Research Advisory committee, Aluminium Association of India
  • Member, Board of Studies, Visveswaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), Nagpur
  • Member of National Steering Committee of NMD-ATM 2017
  • Member of Advisory Board of Dronacharya College of Engineering, Gurgaon (Haryana)
Dr Anupam Agnihotri Managing Director, BGML

About BGML

Gold mining activity in Kolar Gold Fields (KGF) had reported prior to 2nd century AD. Intermittent gold mining activity continued during Gupta Dynasty (5th Century), Cholas Period (11th Century), Vijayanagar Empire (1336-1565) later during Tipu Sultan Period (1782-1799). Based on old workings, Lt. Warren continued search of Gold in KGF in 1802, the search continued till 1860, which did not give fruitful results. Systematic exploration and exploitation of Gold ore was undertaken by M/s. John Taylor & Sons since 1880. Gold prospecting in KGF was challenging, because prominent ore shoots are not exposed on the surface. The Gold mines were nationalized in 1956. Subsequently, Bharat Gold Mines Ltd (BGML) a Central Public Sector Enterprise taken over the mines in 1972 and continued mining and allied activities till its closure on 28th February 2001. Gold mines in KGF are one of the deepest in the world to maximum depth of 3.2 km and mining operations extents for a length of about 7 km in Champion Reef and 2 to 4 km long on other parallels reefs. The mine has produced 800 tonnes of gold by milling 50 million tonnes gold ore excavated from the mine since its inception.

Ultra depth hostile mining conditions and depletion of rich grade ore and widely scattered residual resources resulted increase of mining cost and low productivity. The company was running under huge losses and the net worth of the company became negative and the company was referred to Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction (BIFR) during the year 1992 under Sick Industries Companies Act 1985 and declared sick and recommended for closure during June 2000. BIFR referred the matter to Hon’ble High Court of Karnataka which is registered as Company Application 180/2000, liquidator yet to be appointed. Ministry of Labour, Govt. of India accorded permission for closure of establishment and retrenchment of employees w.e.f 1st March 2001. Accordingly, all the employees, who were on the rolls of the company as on 28.2.2001 were retrenched from 1st March 2001 with retrenchment benefit of Special Terminal Benefit Package (STBP). Bharat Gold Mines Ltd has one mining lease in KFG, Karnataka over an area of 12880 Acres, of which 12109 Acres and 28 guntas are company’s own land.

In the state of Andhra Pradesh, BGML has three mining leases i.e Chigragunta (551 Acres), Bisanatham (105.24 Acres) in Chittoor district and Yappamana (Ramgiri) 493.79 Acres in Anathapur district. BGML own 77 Acres of land in Yeppamana Mine for the purpose of residential colony. At KGF, BGML has non-functioning prominent establishments of mineral processing plants, workshops, stores/yards, shafts, winders and hospital etc. BGML has also have shafts/winders and office establishment in the three mining leases of Andhra Pradesh. BGML own 10911 dwelling units at KGF, of which 2812 units were sold to ex-employees on concessional rates under Special Terminal Benefit Package scheme and 4456 houses were rented to ex-employees. The lease period of mining lease granted to BGML at KGF expired on 8th August 2013; proposal for extension was submitted in time to Government of Karnataka. In case of three mining leases in Andhra Pradesh, the Govt. of A P has determined all the mining leases. Aggrieved by the decision, BGML filed a case against AP Govt. in the High Court of Hyderabad. The matter is subjudice.

Mectagarh and Oriental blocks of BGML mining lease area in KGF and tailing dumps were explored through M/s Mineral Exploration Corporation to find out economically viable ore zones if any and to study feasibility of extraction of gold from tailing dumps. M/s NFTDC also undertaking beneficiation studies of tailing dumps of BGML for extraction gold and other metals if any.