Mining sector catches up with digital age with a Web Portal

An online portal has been launched by the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), a sub-ordinate office of Ministry of Mines, which will allow the mining lease holder to file returns for Star Rating of the Mines on 18th August, 2016. The template can be filled by mining lease holder or his authorized representative on self-certification basis.

Based on previous year’s performance, the mining leaseholders are to file returns for Star Rating annually. As per sources, there is no separate deadline fixed by the Government for the mine operators to upload the details of the relevant permissions from Government, but the same would be required to be uploaded while filing the online return for Star Rating on the portal by the mine operators.

Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) in the Ministry of Mines, Power, Coal, and New Renewable Energy shared this information in the Rajya Sabha session recently.

The industry has welcomed this development with open arms. Vaikundarajan, the MD & CEO of V. V. Minerals, said in an interview, “It is great to see that the government is putting in efforts. With everything going digital, even the mining industry needs to catch up on the digital age.”




Environmentally Sustainable Mining Practices Is The Need Of The Hour – Vaikundarajan

Neyveli Learning and Development Centre organized a seminar focusing on adoption of technology and practices for making mining environmentally sustainable. The seminar also focused on educating the masses on the important laws and regulations affecting the mining industry. The experts in mining sector present at the seminar engaged in a healthy debate on eco-friendly mining, environmental management, reclamation and afforestation.

“There is certainly a need for a balance between the growth of mining industry and minimising the mining effect on environment,” admits Vaikundarajan, founder of VV Minerals India. “Some areas of mining process such as open pit and surface mining do affect the environment. The industry needs to come together and curb the environmental hazards for a better future.”

While the growth of mining industry is vital to the country’s economy, there is a certain need to understand the challenges and address the sustainability and eco-friendly mining operations and solutions within a regulatory framework. The seminar was designed to plan a way forward for environmentally sustainable mining operations.

“New management strategies and technologies are already being developed and used by the mining industry. With time, these reforms will certainly bring about a change,” assures Vaikundarajan.

The seminar was attended by over 200 delegates and featured 66 technical papers in 5 different sessions on eco-friendly surface mining, green technology and environmental perspectives, hydro geology, ground water management, modelling and geospatial applications in mine environment.



Bihar: The new haven for illegal sand mining

Illegal sand mining has been an issue in India for more than 3 years now. New reports suggest that Bihar is the newly hit state by illegal sand mining.

It was confirmed by Sushil Kumar Modi, the former Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister of the Bihar state that unlawful sand mining was prevalent in the region and all of it accounted to millions from the public money.

Sushil Kumar Modi also claimed that the respective police and, mining and transport departments were helping such activities to protect “vested interests.”

In a press release, Sushil Kumar Modi stated that “There is illicit sand mining taking place from Sone river across a dozen districts in breach of the NGT (National Green Tribunal) ban on it … Hundreds of trucks carrying sand make underhand payment of Rs 6000 [+/- US$90] on each vehicle to the local police to carry sand for illicit trade,”.

The sanding and mining companies will be the most hit as they will be losing on both, the business and resources.  “It is well established that illegal mining has been happening since quite some time across various beaches of India. But till now, the parties responsible have not been traced down. In fact, businessmen like us come under scrutiny during each probe.” said Vaikundarajan, the MD of V. V. Minerals. VVM is the largest sand mining company and the only one to manufacture garnet in India.