Noamundi/ Joda: The Noamundi and Joda East Iron Mines of Tata Steel have been accorded 5-Star rating for sustainable development for the year 2021-22 by Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM). The Noamundi Mine received the honour for the seventh consecutive year.

The ministry of mines had launched the scheme of ‘Star Rating of Mines’ in 2016 for recognising miners and mining companies for their efforts and initiatives towards implementation of the Sustainable Development.

The awards were presented to Tata Steel on March 1, 2023, on the 75th Foundation Day of IBM in Nagpur. D. B. Sundara Ramam, vice president, raw materials, Tata Steel, along with Shirish Shekhar, chief of Noamundi Iron Mine and Saroj Kumar Banerjee, chief of Joda East Iron Mine received the awards on behalf of Tata Steel from union mines minister Pralhad Joshi.

D. B. Sundara Ramam said: “As a responsible miner, we continue to drive scientific mining leveraging technology and benchmark practices. We are delighted to receive his honour which will further strengthen our resolve to pursue a greener, better tomorrow.”

Tata Steel’s Noamundi and Joda East Iron Mines have been industry leaders in implementing cutting-edge technologies and best mining practices. The mines use advanced mining software, drone technology, fleet management systems, remote-controlled drills, and real-time quality monitoring systems, among various other initiatives, to achieve benchmark performance. Multiple community initiatives have also been undertaken to ensure education and skill development, health and sanitation, livelihood, skill development, and overall welfare of people residing in nearby villages.

On the occasion, D. B. Sundara Ramam announced new initiatives to promote diversity and employee safety, including operating mines with women and transgender individuals and introducing Suraksha card for employee safety in mines.