Utkal Alumina observes Mines Environment & Mineral Conservation Week

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Report by Badal Tah; Rayagada: Utkal Alumina International Limited (UAIL), a fully owned company of Hindalco, the metals flagship company of Aditya Birla Group, is an alumina refinery company at Doraguda under Kashipur block in Rayagada district of Orissa having its bauxite mines at Baphlimali with reserves lasting for over 25 years and a captive co-generation power plant of 90 MW. The bauxite for the company is sourced from Baphlimali mines by an 18 kilometre long conveyor, one of its kind in the world.

22nd Mines Environment & Mineral Conservation Week – 2019-20 was celebrated by Baphlimali Bauxite Mine of UAIL under the aegis of Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), Bhubaneswar region. The main objective of this event was towards conserving mineral resources & protecting environment in & around the mines area as well as to promote awareness on these important aspects among all stakeholders associated with mining.

This program was inaugurated at Baphlimali Mines by Shri Mukesh Kumar Jha, Head Mines, with hoisting of MEMC flag. Subsequently, oath taking was done regarding the noble event & committment to clean the environment & conserve the natural resources. The awareness program was celebrated at mines by conducting different activities among employees, stakeholders & workers. On this occasion, Baphlimali mines was inspected by the Inspection Team convener Shri K. K. Sahoo, GM- Mines, M/s Penguin Trading and Agencies and the team members Mr. Shri C K Rath, Manager Mines, M/s. Shri Probodh Mohanty and Shri Manoj Pattanaik, Manager (Geo), M/s MGM Minerals. An awareness skit was performed on the inspection day. This program was well coordinated by mines team under the guidance of Shri Mukesh Kumar Jha, Shri KC Jyotishi, Head- Geology, Shri Sukanta Mahapatra, Head Mines Administration.

Shri N. Nagesh, Unit Head & President of UAIL, congratulated team mines on successful completion of the Mines Environment & Mineral Conservation Week at Baphlimali mines and stressed upon the importance of such programs to create awareness among stakeholders for conservation of the environment and effective mining operation.

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