Evolve sustainable, eco-friendly mining policy, Stalin tells officials

Chennai, Jul 25:

Evolve a Sustainable Mining Policy without affecting the environment and the ecosystem of the State, Chief Minister MK Stalin directed the Tamil Nadu Minerals and Mines Department.

Chief Minister MK Stalin chaired the review meeting on the performance of Minerals and Mines Department at the secretariat. Water Resources Minister Duraimurugan, Chief Secretary, Industries Secretary, Geology & Mining Director, Tamil Nadu Magnesite Managing Director were also present at the meeting.

He also discussed about drafting a new policy for manufacturing artificial sand and to regulate its sales besides the steps to be taken to increase the revenue through minerals.

The Chief Minister said this while reviewing the functioning of the Minerals and Mines Department. He said the department should identify quarries which are not in use and wherever possible, turn them into rain water harvesting structures so that they could become public utilities. Also, the quarries which are harmful to the public and cattle stock should be renovated.

Steps should be taken to include the National Fossil Wood Park, Tiruvakkarai, a notified National Geo-heritage Monument located in the Villupuram district, the archaeological fossils in the districts of Tiruchy, Perambalur, and Ariyalur districts in the list of UNESCO’s Heritage Sites. Stalin also said expeditious steps should be taken to introduce electronic service in the administration of mines – from receiving application for lease to issuing license for quarry and trip ticket.

“The Tamil Nadu Minerals Limited should initiate steps for increasing its revenue to Rs.250 crore in the next five years. Research should be done on manufacturing enriched graphite from the graphite available in Sivaganga using higher technology. New plant for manufacturing M-sand should be set up near Arakkonam,” he added.

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