Nagpur News :
CSIR-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI) celebrated National Technology Day on May 12 at NEERI Campus. Mahesh K. Patil, Vice President – HSEC, Sesa Sterlite Ltd, Goa was the Chief Guest of the programme.
While delivering the speech on ‘Advancement in Science & Technology for Environment Protection in Mineral Industry’, Patil said that Sesa Sterlite Ltd. is a leading iron producer in India having operations in India and in Africa as well. He advocated that mining activities in the country can be permitted only if new and effective environmental technologies are in place. While exploiting minerals in the country, it is also necessary to preserve wildlife and bio-diversity.
He briefed about various processes that are taking place in the industry for mining operations. He said that earlier exploration in the mineral industry was done through trial pitting, trenching and tunneling, which was not environment-friendly, but now the industries have introduced more sophisticated exploration techniques such as Reverse Circulation (RC) and Wireline Triple Tube Diamond Core Drilling (WL-TT-DCD). Similarly, advancements in methods of surveying have taken place, he added. New IT (Information Technology) based systems are in place in many parts of the World and in some mines in Goa, through which actual production can be monitored on real time basis, he added. He also briefed about various technological aspects related to water pollution control, water management, air pollution, reclamation of degraded land in a mining industry.
Earlier, Dr. Satish R Wate, Director, CSIR-NEERI delivered the welcome address. He said that the Institute is committed to provide sustainable technologies to industries in view of the environmental protection. He also briefed about the 12th Five Year Plan projects being taken up by the Institute to provide various technological options for clean water, clean air and waste to energy. He emphasized on the need to develop indigenous low cost technologies for rural areas. Prakash Kumbhare, Head, R&D Planning Division, CSIR-NEERI proposed the vote of thanks. Jaya Sabjiwale conducted the proceedings.