Building the Future / Environmental Care

Green Technologies

We understand that our mining operation involves various activities that have a significant impact on environment, and come with a lot of risks to our workforce. We have consistently embraced technology that is environment friendly.

We hold the distinction of being the first mining company in India to get certified for the Quality Management System ISO 9001: 2000; Environmental Management System ISO 14001 : 2004 and Safety and Occupational Health Management System OHSAS 18001 : 1999. This fact has been endorsed by BVQI, a leading certification agency.

We have invested in appropriate technologies to improve safety standards and environmental performance. For example, we have developed plans for minimising waste at our mines using a two-pronged strategy: first to reduce waste generation by optimising excavation operations and second by developing innovative products using overburden.

We have also introduced:

  • A downhill conveyor system at VIOM that reduces road haulage and related emissions, as well as dust generation.
  • Wet drilling and dry drilling with a dust extraction system, to help reduce dust generation.
  • We have constructed gully plugs and check bunds across streams flowing through our mine lease areas to help reduce soil erosion and related water pollution and contain all runoff within our mine lease area, with only clear water being discharged.
  • We regularly monitor noise levels using decibel meters at pre-determined locations in our operations areas
  • Crushers and screens are covered to help reduce decibel levels.
  • Heavy machinery and dumpers operating in our mines comply with Euro II standard noise-level requirements.
  • As part of the mining process, the ore we process has other minerals present. As we implement Zero Waste Management, we plan to develop or adapt our processing plants to make 100% recovery of Iron Ore.

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