Mine Coal Blocks
In its attempt to increase the availability of iron ore for its own requirements alongside strictly adhering to the environmental norms, the Steel Authority of India (SAIL) has recently decided to invest Rs 10,000cr to mine its coal block across the country. Out of the total amount Rs. 3,800cr would be invested in its iron ore mines and the entire exercise will be completed by 2014-15. The investment will also mean for comprehensive studies on Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Plan. A key component of the investment amount is meant for modernization and expansion program and the entire exercise aimed at enhancing its current production capacity from 18 million tons (mt) to 39 mt per annum by 2015-16 with lesser impact on the environment.

According to sources, the projects would include improvement in ore processing for zero discharge, minimizing generation of tailings, reduction in use of water and land. At Kiriburu mine in Jharkhand, SAIL planned to install Rs 45cr tailing dam slime beneficiation plant and a Rs 17-crore water reclamation unit for substantially reducing fresh water consumption from Gagirath Jharna through recycling, minimize solid material flow and stop any discharge into a local stream. Likewise a similar project is being set up at Bolani mines in Odisha for Rs 8cr. Gua mine complex in Jharkhand has already constructed a check dam to stop top soil run off from mining area. Apart from setting up a new tailing dam and water recycling plant, the steel making giant is working on a project to utilize iron ore wastes in Barsua mines in (Odhisha) and at Chiria mines (Jharkhand) for which it planned to set up an ore processing unit far away from the mining areas, they added.