Inaugurated four days back by Mr. S Jaipal Reddy Honorable Minister of Science & Technology & Earth Sciences, Govt of India the prestigious event served as a forum for a scientific and technical update on all aspects of rock blasting and explosives engineering. This has helped many researchers and practitioners in a single forum engage in this activity worldwide to share their expertise for producing clean energy.
Speaking at the event, Sriprakash Jaiwal, Minister of Coal said, “Although the lion share of coal production comes from opencast mining, it is high time to focus on development of innovative techniques for making underground mining more economically viable and safe for the sustainable development. Hence, I wish the academics and researchers present here reach out to the mining industry with proper scientific inputs and effective path breaking solutions with due priority.”
“I am very happy to know that the Science and Technology of blasting and explosives have been discussed and deliberated here for last five days in this symposium which is a globally acclaimed platform of highly learned persons in this field. I expect outcome of such meets will provide further technological advancements on this subject leading to safer mining operations with higher productivity,”
Mr. SK Srivastava, Secretary, Ministry of Coal, today at the outset expressed satisfaction over the organization of such events in India. He welcomed the delegates at the gathering. He also emphasized on the critical dependence of India on coal production. He also emphasized on the ambitious 8% increase in annual growth rate of coal production in 12th five year plan as compared to the 4% in the preceding fifth year plan.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. SK. Srivastava said, “Coal production is dependant on industry for many factors such as environmental concerns, mining technology, transport and infrastructure. We are getting 81% energy from thermal and rest from hydro, nuclear and renewable resources. So out of 81% energy produced 87% is from coal. The importance of Fragblast 10 and the recommendations of such learned personnel will be helpful in making the mining technology for safe and more environmental friendly. This novel and innovative approaches are the requirements for reduced impact of blasts in terms of vibrations, noise and increase in production.”
Mr. Alok Parti, Additional Secretary (Coal) said, “With the targeted 8% annual growth in coal production during 12th five year plan period, there is need for improving efficiency in all aspects of mineral excavation through blasting. Vibrations due to blasting need to be decreased and specific consumption of explosive need to be decreased by innovation.”
Mr. SK Srivastava also emphasized on the need of sustainable excavations of larger magnitude where Fragblast 10 has played a vital role to control vibrations and noise in the interest of surroundings. He congratulated the prestigious Central Institute of Mining and research (CIMFR), Dhanbad, which is the only laboratory covering all R&D aspects relating to mining under CSIR, for taking the initiative to hold this 10th International Symposium in rock Fragmentation by Blasting in India and particularly in Delhi. He concluded by congratulating the organization for hosting the event and appreciated CSIR-CIMFR Dhanbad for the excellent initiative that they have undertaken for national endeavor.