Need to make underground mining viable: A K Singh

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 Dec 2017 10:16:21


Business Bureau,

UNDER the aegis of Indian Mine Managers Association (IMMA), Nagpur Chapter has organised two days long national summit on ‘Sustainability of underground mines in India’ was inaugurated on Friday at Hotel Centre Point, Nagpur. About two hundred mining experts and professionals from mining, planning, governing and consulting companies like WCL and other subsidiaries of Coal India, MOIL, MECL, IBM, CIMFR, CMPDIL, Singareni Collieries and DGMS reached Nagpur to participate in the summit from all over the country.

Ajay Kumar Singh, Chairman cum Managing Director of Bharat Cocking Coal Limited (BCCL) and the chief guest of summit said, “Despite other available energy sources like wind energy, solar, hydro power in our country, survival without coal is not possible. The mine managers are required to think hard to meet out increasing demand of coal of the country along with the protection of environment, safety and viability of mines.”

He added that the mine planners ignored infusion of technological inputs, and it has landed the mining industry in great trouble today. Opencast mining has limited future due to land availability and coal in future will be available only from underground mining. To make the underground mining economically feasible mass production technology is to be implemented in all the projects to achieve sustainable, innovative and environment friendly UG mining.

Ranjan Sahai, Controller General of IBM and guest of honour of the summit spoke about legislative reforms in the area of conservation and environment and said that without infusing automation and instrumentation, mining by underground mines is not possible.

He gave many examples of developed nations and requested mining fraternity to adopt those practices in our country too. “To increase production from under ground (UG) mines as per the requirement is need of the hour,” said P B Singh, Director General Mines Safety during the inaugural session.

He emphasised on development of indigenous technology with the help of world-class national institutions like IITs. A souvenir and ‘IMMA Review –II’ was also released on the occasion.

Tirth Nath Jha, Director Technical (Projects & Planning), Western Coalfields Limited, V Laxminarayana, Dy, Director General of Mines Safety (DGMS), Nagpur and S K Jagnania, National Treasurer of IMMA also guided the delegates.
R C Sanodia appraised about the activities of IMMA and delivered inaugural speech.

Diwakar M Gokhale, AGM of WCL proposed the vote of thanks whereas Prof Manoj Tiwari, RCOEM gave the details of the summit.

Twenty senior retired mining engineers were also felicitated on the occasion. Total 18 technical papers on different elements of underground mining are being presented by experts from various organisations of the country.
The programme was conducted by Zakir Hussain and P H Nimbalkar. Sitaram Lomaror and other members extended special contribution in making summit successful.