Joda, July 20, 2021: In line with its commitment towards environmental sustainability, the Manganese Group of Mines, Bichakundi of Tata Steel’s Ferro Alloys & Manganese Division (FAMD) has set up a 400 KLD (kilolitres per day) Water Treatment Plant at Bichakundi under Joda block of Keonjhar district, Odisha.
The facility was inaugurated on July 19, 2021 by Mr D B Sundara Ramam, Vice President (Raw Materials), Tata Steel in the presence of Mr Pervez Akhtar, Chief Project Raw Materials, Mr Mukesh Ranjan, Chief Project OMQ, Mr Siddharth Shah, Chief Human Resource Business Process (Raw Materials) & Chief Diversity Officer, senior officials of the company and Union office bearers.
Talking about sustainable mining practices, Mr D B Sundara Ramam said:
“It is our yet another successful endeavour towards environmental sustainability. Reduce, reuse, recycle of water can help us meet the water requirement in and around our areas of operation. At Tata Steel, sustainable development and growth has always been an integral part of our business philosophy. All environmental and social considerations are taken into account for any project that is taken up by Tata Steel.”
Mr D B Sundara Ramam
Built from cutting-edge technology, the Water Treatment Plant will treat 400 KLD of water from Suna river and will address the drinking water need of around 2800 people residing in Bichakundi including the employees of the company and people from the community in and around Bichakundi. The water treatment plant will produce potable water that meets all quality parameters set by World Health organization (WHO).
Raw water is taken to the treatment plant from the river through intake pumps and pipeline and is stored in the reservoir. After chemical dosing of the raw water, the coagulation process activates post which, the first filtration is done through Pressure Sand Filter and Manganese Oxide Filter. The water then goes through the second filtration process involving Ultrafiltration to achieve turbidity of less than 1 Nephelometric Turbidity Units which meets the quality parameter set for drinking water. The waste water generated during the filtration process will be collected in a pit and will be used for gardening purposes.
With sustainability as a cornerstone of its operations, Tata Steel’s Ferro Alloys & Manganese Division has taken several initiatives in and around the region including Rainwater Harvesting Ponds, plantation through Miyawaki method and Seed Balls, Mango Orchards, Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting, and development of an Eco-Restoration Park comprising of a 130 KV Solar Power Plant and a Polyhouse nursery. With more such new endeavours in the pipeline, FAMD is continuing its quest to remain industry leader in sustainability by setting new benchmarks for a better tomorrow.
About Tata Steel
Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes per annum. It is one of the world’s most geographically diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world. The group recorded a consolidated turnover of US $21.06 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2021.
A Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM organisation, Tata Steel Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, associates, and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 65,000.
Tata Steel has been a part of the DJSI Emerging Markets Index since 2012 and has been consistently ranked amongst top 5 steel companies in the DJSI Corporate Sustainability Assessment since 2016. Besides being a member of ResponsibleSteelTM and worldsteel’s Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has won several awards and recognitions including the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse recognition for its Jamshedpur, Kalinganagar and IJmuiden Plants, and Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17. The Company, ranked as India’s most valuable Metals & Mining brand by Brand Finance, featured amongst CII Top 25 innovative Indian Companies in 2020, received rating of ‘A-‘ (leadership band) from CDP for its Climate Change disclosure and Supply Chain disclosure, Steel Sustainability Champion 2020 recognition from worldsteel, ‘Most Ethical Company’ award 2021 from Ethisphere Institute, Best Risk Management Framework & Systems Award (2020) from CNBC TV-18, and Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting FY20 from ICAI, among several others.
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