Nov. 26, 2012
-- November 26, 2012, New Delhi: Fragblast 10 - The 10th international symposium on Rock Fragmentation by Blasting was inaugurated today by Mr. S. Jaipal Reddy Honorable Minister of Science & Technology & Earth Sciences, Govt. of India & Vice President of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
Shri Jaipal Reddy, in his thought provoking inaugural address lauded the efforts of CSIR - CIMFR, for holding this prestigious event in India for the first time. He urged upon the scientists & researchers to avail the opportunity of sharing their expertise for producing clean energy through coal mining. CIMFR the premier institution in India, since its inception, has been associated with several basic/fundamental and application research in blasting. CSIR is the foremost publicly funded scientific and Industrial research organization in the world. During the course of the event he also released the Fragblast 10 souvenir.
“It had helped the industry to have problem free mining and blasting for sustainable development. Today energy sector faces major challenges over safeguarding the environment while extracting the earth resources. So the focus should be on development of sustainable method of mining. Rock fragmentation is one such area which needs strategic planning in underground and opencast mining. Blasting plays a crucial role in this area and is observed that there have been major advances in controlling noise and ground motion in the field of rock blasting. There is a need for further advances in technology of rock fragmentation by blasting and we hope that scientists and technocrats will meet and interact over these issues in this symposium,” added Shri Jaipal Reddy.
Professor Samir K Brahmachari, the patron of Fragblast 10 and Director General, CSIR & Secreatry DSIR, in his address appreciated the remarkable scientific work undertaken by CIMFR in rock excavation and blasting. As a part of having environment friendly mining, he felt this international symposium will benefit most of the mining organizations and nation as well.
Speaking on the occasion Prof. Brahmachari emphasized that, “R& D should be linked with economic growth and noted that sustainable mining is the need of the hour. India faces huge challenge for its energy needs, there is a need for increased production of coal and other minerals with due protection of environment. Fragblast can help in dissemination of knowledge on this subject. The new kind of portals and cloud sourcing for sharing of the knowledge should be created and existing technology should be used for the safe guard of environment and forest.” He also added that, “For sustainable development and continued research initiatives Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Dr. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar envisioned to establish the then central mining research station and now named as CSIR-CIMFR at Dhanbad.”
Welcoming the guests and other delegates, Dr. Amalendu Sinha, Chairman Fragblast 10 and Director, CSIR – CIMFR, recollected events which led to this organization of Fragblast 10 in India for the first time ever, with large number of international and national participants. Dr. Sinha added that “This is an event whenever organized at different part of the globe has added enormous value to the science of rock excavation and blasting for its technological advancement.”
Professor William Forney, President, Fragblast International Organizing Committee and member of the 1st Fragblast which was held at Sweden, spoke about the history of Fragblast and its evolution over the last thirty years. In his speech, he had all the praises for the arrangements, over large number of scientific papers during the symposium and the workshops conducted since 24th November till 29th November 2012.
Dr. P.K. Singh, organizing secretary and convenor of Fragblast 10, briefed about the workshops and symposium and also highlighted the role of the industry from all over the globe for the success of this event. He also informed that there are more than 650 delegates from 40 countries and lastly he presented the vote of thanks. Concurrent to the symposium on the backyard of Vigyan Bhawan an International Exhibition was inaugurated by Professor S.K. Brahmachari, Director General, CSIR today as well. It has more than 30 numbers of stalls showcasing the global state –of – the- art scenario of blasting and explosive hardware and software technology.