K M Dayashankar
PEDDAPALLI: The Singareni Collieries Company Limited is playing a crucial in meeting the requirements of the thermal power stations by supplying adequate coal supplies in the Telangana state, said its director (operations) S Chandrashekhar.
Participating in the closing ceremony of the Mining Engineers Association of India (MEAI) national conference held in Hyderabad on Friday, he said that the Singareni had made a step ahead by diversifying its activities along with coal production to the power generation by starting a thermal power station and solar power projects. Besides, the company had also decided to set up the largest floating solar power plant at the LMD reservoir.
With regard to the seminar on “Role of critical minerals in national development’ organised by the MEAI, he stressed the need for the intensification of the exploration for the critical minerals for the development of the country. Stating that there were ample employment opportunities in the mining sector, he said that MEAI was playing a crucial role as a bridge between the students and the industries. MEAI former president Sanjay Patnaik, AMD former president Dr Yamuna Singh and MAIE Secretary General M Narasaiah also spoke.
Technical sessions on seven subjects
The research papers were presented on seven subjects by the experts at the national conference held under the auspices of the Mining Engineers Association. Firstly, the Geological Survey of India retired Director General Hari Sarvothaman presented a paper on the subject “Current critical minerals Indian scenario”, Singareni Advisor (Mining) D N Prasad on “Coal crisis – effect on the financial sector”, MSPL Limited Vice president, MAIE president K Madhusudhan on “Present conditions for Iron ore mining”, Telangana State Director B R V Sushil Kumar on the subject “Heavy Mineral beach sand of India”, V Balaram of CSIR on “Rear Earth elements: a review of applications, occurrence, exploration, chemical characterization”, Dr. Yamuna Singh on “Recovery of critical minerals from secondary sources in India”, P Ramesh Chandra from Cyient Limited on the subject of “A minor occurrence of Vanadiferrous Titonomagnite at Jayapuram, Ananthapuram”. Members of MEAI Hyderabad chapter, members of MEAI National council and almost 300 MEAI members, engineers and students participated online.