November 10, 2017

Tata Steel's mines conferred with Aqua Foundation Excellence Award 2017 for sustainable development in mining sector

New Delhi: The Ore, Mines & Quarries (OMQ) Division and Ferro Alloys & Mineral Division (FAMD) of Tata Steel have been conferred with the Aqua Foundation’s Excellence Award 2017 under the category of sustainable development in the mining sector. The award ceremony was held during an international conference, XI World Aqua Congress 2017 at New Delhi on November 9, 2017.

Tata Steel's OMQ division conferred with Aqua Foundation Excellence Award 2017

On behalf of Tata Steel, the award was received by Dipak Behera, head, planning (OMQ), Tata Steel; Adarsh Agarwal, executive assistant to general manager (OMQ), Tata Steel; and Prabhash Gokarn, head (engineering projects and town), FAMD; and Nikhil Agarwal, manager, mine and production planning, Sukinda Chromite Mine, Tata Steel from Dr Vandana Shiva, Indian Scholar and Environmental Activist.

Tata Steel was nominated for this award for constantly complying with all regulations and mining laws in the country. With adoption of best practices, modern technologies and innovation to ensure in mining activities, the company has been efficiently causing minimum environmental impact while contributing to social development in neighbouring communities. Tata Steel has adopted best practices for monitoring and management of environmental parameters, including ambient air quality levels and dust suppression arrangements, water impact, noise level, waste and fines generation and rejections, etc.

Expressing happiness on receiving the award, Rajeev Singhal, vice president (raw materials), Tata Steel, said, “This award underscores Tata Steel’s efforts in innovating through continuous research & development along with improvement in operational efficiency leading to lower specific consumption of input materials. With continued focus on environmental performance, climate change and inclusive growth, we are committed to create sustainable future for all our stakeholders.”

The company has always been recognised for implementation of sustainable initiatives across all levels of operations.  Noamundi Iron Mine and Joda East Iron Mine of the OMQ Division are the recipients of 5 Star Rating in the country by Ministry of Mines, Government of India, for its sustainable mining practices. Sukinda Chromite Mine of FAMD is the first mine in India to roll out Sustainable Development Framework, a concept proposed and promoted by Ministry of Mines, Government of India, for the development of culture of sustainable mining in the country.