Geovale attended workshop on “Remediation of mined out areas and abandoned mines – Status and strategies”

The MCDR Rules of 2003, aims to ensure the closure of mines in a systematic manner with adequate financial safeguards. However, fresh initiatives, including funding options were required to negate legacy impacts.

Coal India Limited (CIL) has identified 476 mines for closure and has set aside $649-million to fund remediation work and to implement rehabilitation schemes for these areas. The Central Mine Planning and Design Institute has framed the mine closure and remediation plans.

The Mines and Coal Ministries are working towards putting in play third-party audits once each mine closure plan are completed. Such audits would assesses work done on key elements, like restoration of water resources for drinking and irrigation purposes, and the level of forestry achieved post closure of mines, comparing it to comparable data available prior to the start of mining operation.

Towards this, a 1 -day workshop on “Remediation of mined out areas and abandoned mines – Status and strategies” was held on 19th December, 2016 at India Habitat Centre, Delhi. The meeting was organised by Ministry of Mines, IBM & TERI. Representatives from State Govt, private sector and from Geovale Services attended and contributed actively to this workshop.

Geovale Services has a core team dedicated to progressive mine closure, mine rehabilitation planning and implementation. It also has tie-ups with international experts in this field  and looks forward to provide its services to companies actively seeking mine closure planning and implementation support. For more information drop in a mail to