Ecology, Environment and Conservation Paper

Vol.14, Issue 1, 2008; Page No.(129-133)

IMPROVISING MINING AND MITIGATION STRATEGIES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT: A CASE STUDY AT NARSINGARH LIMESTONE MINES, DISTT. DAMOH (M.P.)

S. K. Gupta and Lovelesh Kumar Soni

Abstract

Narsingarh limestone mines serve as a captive raw material source to Diamond cement plant.The mines are located on a flat lying landscape, 440 meters above MSL.The limestone horizon within the mining lease area of 1639 hectares is sandwitched between shales of Bhander Group belonging to upperVindhyan Super Group. Mining is accomplished by the opencast, mechanized and manual methods of working producing more than 2 million tonnes of limestone annually.The case study of this mining activity is presented to demonstrate how prudent environment management can be gradually implemented in accordance with mining.The environmental issues earlier till 1995 were ignored that had caused great adverse effects on the environment and created substantial health hazards in the surroundings. Recently, significant ecological and socio-econopic benefits have been brought to the cornmunity.This paper envisages all relevant issues and attempts have been made to find out ways and means by which mining activities are made not only sustainable but also beneficial economic activity.

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