Representatives from Tata Steel receive the award from Montek Singh Ahluwalia at New Delhi. Telegraph picture
Jamshedpur, Aug. 10: Tata Steel has lived up to its reputation of being committed to the environment, yet again.
Noamundi iron mines of the steel major have clinched the first prize in industrial water efficiency category of FICCI water awards, thanks to its conservation projects.
Saroj Banerjee, chief (engineering services) Tata Steel, and Sanjay Das, general secretary of Noamundi Majdoor Union, collected the coveted award from deputy chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia at a function in New Delhi on August 6.
Noamundi in West Singhbhum district is renowned for using scientific practices to ensure no industrial effluent is discharged outside the lease area.
Water that goes to the slime pond along with iron ore is stored in zero discharge slime ponds and pumped back into the process to minimise water requirements. Similarly, dust ban chemical is added to reduce sprinkling frequency and for effective dust suppression.
A few years ago, a rainwater harvesting site named Aqua Park was developed in Noamundi. The project aimed to conserve depleting groundwater level and ensure self-sufficiency in water resources.
The park covers an area of over 1,000 square metres with water shed area of 12 lakh square metres and is decorated with statutes, fountains and colourful lights.
Thanks to concerted efforts to minimise wastage, groundwater level in the area has gone up, thereby reducing the dependency on rains.
“Conservation of water is a continuous process here. We keep raising the bar to minimise wastage of water both in the mines and the plants,” said an official of Noamundi plant.
11jamaward 1: Tata Steel representatives receive the award from Montek Singh Ahluwalia at New Delhi. Telegraph Pic