Going the Green Way: Sustainable Mining Practices 2016
Gyan Prakash Sahoo | Jan 16, 2017
Sustainable management of resources is a paramount concept in today’s technical world. Development along with protection of the environment is now the prime agenda for every nation. Going along these lines, the department of Mining Engineering conducted a national conference on Sustainable Mining Practices (SMP) on December 2 and 3 at the institute’s Pranakrushna Parija Auditorium (PPA). The event witnessed 6 keynote lectures from some prominent guests and 40 technical paper presentations from institutes like IIT Kharagpur, IIEST Shibpur, BIT Mesra, ISM Dhanbad, NIT Suratkal etc.
The objective of SMP 2016 was to utilise the scientific, technical, educational and research potential of the mineral extraction community to contribute to a sustainable future. These practices include measures to reduce water and energy consumption, minimising land disturbance and waste production, conducting a successful mine closure and reclamation activities.
Sponsorships and arrangements
The budget of the entire conference was about INR 3.5 lakhs, with three prime sponsors as Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) and South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL). Accommodation for the six keynote speakers was arranged in the two guest houses of the institute with their expenses borne by the organising committee. Lunch and dinner were arranged for the visiting guests at the SAC garden.
The first day of the conference commenced with the registration of all the presenters of the technical session, followed by the inaugural ceremony in PPA at 9:30 am. After the lighting of the ceremonial lamp, Dr Amit Kumar Gorai, Convener and Dr Manoj Kumar Mishra, Chairman welcomed the gathering with their welcome addresses. The Conference Souvenir was released by Shri S K Ranu, the Chief Guest and Prof B S Sastry, Guest of Honour followed by their addresses on the current dire need of a sustainable management of resources.
Following the inaugural ceremony, keynote lectures from two of the six speakers, Prof J Bhattacharya and Prof P Dutta were held. The first round of the technical session began at 12 noon, where eight papers related to the various ecological aspects of sustainable mining were presented like the effect of coal mining on the vegetation of a region. Post lunch, two more keynote lectures from Prof B S Sastry and Dr R Sundarajan were held, followed by the second round of the technical session on various prototypes and models which can help in the sustainable mining practices.
The second day began at 9 am with a keynote lecture from Prof Gurdeep Singh, followed by the third round of technical session on the environmental aspects of mining and how the situation can be improvised. Post tea break, the final keynote speech from Dr R Naresh Kumar was held, followed by the fourth round of technical session on energy and economics factor of mining practices. Post lunch, the last round of technical session was presented on the various operational aspects in the fields and how these situations can be improvised.
The conference concluded with the valedictory session at 4:30 pm in PPA. Dr D S Nimaje, co-convener presented the vote of thanks and thanked everyone for being a part of the conference and making it a fiesta.
On being asked about the outcome of the conference, Dr Amit Kumar Gorai commented
In the conference, 42 technical papers were presented and now we are planning to publish a book from Narusa Publishers, after screening all the papers and selecting some from them. This process will take some 2-3 months.