Striking a Balance: Mining and Nature

Justice Dalip Singh, judicial member, Central Bench, Bhopal of National Green Tribunal (NGT), said that major issues in the state are mining and forests, in a recent meeting at a seminar on ‘legal awareness of environment issues: role of courts and national green tribunal’ in Jaipur. “Minerals are found in forest areas. But, we have to protect the forest areas from getting affected due to mining. On the other hand, mining is also required as we need minerals. So, there should be a balance between the two,” Singh said.

Singh also emphasised that there is a need for research and development. “We have not invested so far in research. Not a single ministry has done any research on it.” he said.

However, as per reports and industry veterans, the resources for mining in India are not as limited as they seem. Reports suggest that India is not using its complete potential for mining, especially in the sector of beach minerals.

“I agree on the point that even more research and development is required to spot the appropriate areas for mining purposes. But it is also a fact that India is not short of resources and the mining industry can grow tremendously if government comes up with policies to favour efficient and nature-friendly mining practices.” said Vaikundarajan, MD & CEO of V. V. Minerals. V. V. Minerals is the largest sand mining company in India.

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VV Minerals Observed Environmental Consciousness

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VV Minerals is a privately owned company which was set up in the year 1989. The company is a family grown business and the chairman of the company is Mr. S. Vaikundarajan. It is one of the top most heavy mineral mining companies in the country as well as worldwide. The company manufacture minerals like zircon, rutile, ilmenite and garnet.

As we all know the process of heavy mineral mining affects the environment in many ways. Hence in order of destroying the environment, VV Minerals works in an eco-friendly manner which adds on to why they are the best in the business. The company carries out their activities in a way where neither there is any harm to the environment nor to the individuals within the mining area. They use methods like water conservation, power generation, afforestation and many others which benefit the environment.

This can be seen in the example below. VV Minerals, India carry out their mining activities on land that is not owned by them but on land which is leased out by the government. This land, once the mining activities are done is restored with green vegetation which helps the land become fertile and also increases the prosperity of greenery. Also in places where they extract mineral sands manually that land is reinstated with silica particles which helps in the prevention of land depreciation.

Adding to this VV Mineral, Vaikundarajan also participate in programs that involve conservation of resources and the environment and sometimes also initiate such programs. VV Minerals use sea water concentration plants to save fresh water. Sometimes they also use wind in order to generate power through wind turbines. So we see here how VV Minerals care about the environment and help in making India a clean and green nation.