Aiming towards sustainable mining & creation of ‘Wealth from Waste, Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL), the Miniratna coal-producing company of the Government of India is all set to start the production of ‘M-Sand’-the core material used in construction in civil works in its Amlohri Project. The initiative is a part to promote sustainable practices under the mentorship of the Ministry of Coal for maximizing the utilization of natural resources and minimizing the adverse impact of mining.
Eyeing business diversification while focusing on the ecological balance, the company has set up a Sand manufacturing plant using its Over Burden (OB) as raw material. This pro-environment initiative of the company will assist to conserve the river bed erosion and preserve aquatic ecosystems. Recently NCL has secured Consent to operate (CTO) which paves the path towards commercial production and auction of M-Sand which is likely to begin next month. The groundbreaking step is a win-win situation for the company, government, and local stakeholders.