SGAT calls for integrated development of Daitari-Bamanipal-Sukinda valley mining and industrial area

Sukinda: Nickel could be the next engine of growth in Sukinda region in Jajpur district given the abundance of overburden from chromite mines in the area which could be the source of the metal.

Many such interesting pieces of information were shared by experts at workshop on Integrated Development of Daitari-Bamanipal-Sukinda Valley Mining and Industrial Area organized by Society of Geoscientists and Allied Technologists (SGAT) at Sukinda Chromite Mine of Tata Steel.

Speaking on the occasion Steel and Mines minister Prafulla Kumar Mallik said Sukinda Valley, besides containing over 90 percent of the total reserve of chromite in the country and accounting for over 90 percent of total production and holding economic concentration of nickel and platinum group of metals, is undoubtedly country’s most strategic region and holds tremendous prospects of massive development on all fronts.

Sukinda MLA Pritiranjan Gharai opined at the workshop that local people must be given importance in future developmental plans for the region with focus on inclusive growth.

R R Satpathy, General Manager, Operations, Ferro Alloys and Minerals Division (FAMD), Tata Steel gave vote of thanks in the opening session. Mr Deepak Mohanty, Director of Mines, Government of Odisha, Mr Vivek Patttnayak, retired bureaucrat also participated in the deliberations in the closing session, where Mr Sujit K. Mohanty, General Secretary, SGAT, gave vote of thanks.

While the morning session was chaired by Mr D B Sunara Ramam, Executive-in-Charge, FAMD, Tata Steel, the afternoon session was chaired by Mr Sanjay Pattnaik, Vice President, FIMI & Chairman, Odisha chapter of CII who is also Executive Director, Tata Sponge.

How mining technology, exploration, processing and beneficiation, legislative provisions and constraints, environmental concern, social issues could be addressed in a comprehensive way was discussed by mining experts, academia and political representatives at the day long workshop on September 9, 2016.

Presentations were made by senior Executives of Indian Bureau of Mines, Department of Steel & Mines, Tata Steel, IIT-Kharagpur, Odisha Mining Corporation, DMT Consulting, SRK Consulting, NEERI, Dr R P Das of HydroMet Proc, Utkal Polyclinic among others.

Flanked by Tomka-Daitari hill range on the north and Mahagiri on the South, Sukinda valley in the districts of Jajpur and Dhenkanal covering an area of approximately 40 sq.kms contains about 90% of the total reserves and accounts for over 90% of total production of chromite the country, Chromite miners overburden contain Nickel and Cobalt and there is possibility of occurrence of PGM in the area. Sukinda valley hosts all the major chromite mines of the country, namely, OMC, Tata Steel, B.C. Mohanty & Sons, Misrilall Mines, Balasore Alloys, IMFA Group, Facor, IDCOL and Jindal Stainless.  Overlooking the north is Daitari hill with a 150 million tonne plus reserve of iron ore.

The recommendations of the workshop will be presented to both state and central governments to take it forward, informed B K Mohanty.