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Sustainable Measures in Mining-Tata Steel

Name of the Company: Tata Steel Limited

Founded: 1907

Industry type: Mining and Steel Production

Headquarters:  Mumbai, India

Revenue: US$ 26.13 billion (FY 2011-12)

Tata Steel from India is one among the top ten global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of over 28 million tonnes per annum.

Tata Steel’s vision places equal emphasis on value creation and corporate citizenship and thereby making inclusive growth an integral part of its corporate strategy. The Company’s objective is to impact a million lives in the areas where it operates.

Tata Steel’ Environment CSR include

  • Establishment of Park with Power plant Wastes
  • Rain water harvesting near Mine
  • Afforestation at Mine Sites
  • Boosting Agriculture near Mine
  • Improving Urban Environment near Mine
  • Mine Effluent Recycling
  • Establishment of Park with Power plant Wastes

Tata steel with its own funds and resources has constructed the Sir Dorabji Tata Park at Jamadoba in Dhanbad, Jharkhand using fly ash wastes generated from 10 MW captive coal power plant. In addition to pollution abatement and land use efficiency, the park today stands as a recreation zone for tourists and kids.  The park has been dotted with rare species of plants, fruit trees and seasonal plants to draw 3,000 to 4,000 people on weekends. Organic manuring with fly ash is applied for growth of plants across 13 acres of park area.

Sir Dorabji Tata Park at Jamadoba

  • Rain water harvesting near Mine

In order to conserve rain water at Noamundi Iron Mine, Tata steel has developed a project worth Rs.3.3 million to construct Sir Dorabji Tata Botanical Park with assistance from a Chennai based rain water harvesting consultant, KRG Rainwater Foundation. Estimates indicate that of the total 75,000 cu.m percolated round the year, about 69,000 cu.m will be charged into 11 charging points, each 80 meter deep, constructed in this park. Further an artificial pond created can hold roughly 6300 cubic meter rainwater for maintenance and watering of plants in Sir Dorabji Tata Botanical Park.

This park rich collection of herbs, succulents, cactus, butterflies, spices and condiments, green house, Bonsai park and Amazon Rain Forest trees etc.

Rain water Harvesting in Park

  • Afforestation at Mine Sites

In the hills of Noamundi Iron Mine-Jharkhand, Tata Steel first made afforestation in 1982-83. Since then, it’s been a regular activity and now a total area of 363.765 hectares within the lease has been afforested till 2011-12 with density maintained at the rate of 5255 plants per hectare. Last year, an additional 28000 plant saplings were planted in the same mine.

Afforestation at Hill Slopes of Noamandi Mine

  • Boosting Agriculture near Mine

Tata Steel has started to provide amenities that help farmers to extract water for irrigation from the existing water bodies in the Noamandi iron mine. Farmers were directly donated with small irrigation motor pumps for agricultural purpose.

Donation of Irrigation Motor Pumps 

  • Improving Urban Environment near Mine

Jamshedpur Utilities and Services Company (JUSCO), a fully owned Tata enterprise actively develops urban infrastructure in leasehold areas of the company in Jamshedpur. The contributions from the company include establishment of compost yard for management of urban wastes and laying of roads using plastic wastes with bitumen. In addition, JUSCO has installed over 700 solar streetlights benefitting 224 villages in Jharkhand and Odisha with regular maintenance.

Compost Plant from JUSCO

Opening of roads laid with plastic wastes

Solar streetlights from JUSCO

  • Mine Effluent Recycling

Tata Steel’ slime dam enables recycling of effluent water from mines and quarries at Noamandi and Joda. The decanted water from the slime dam is sent to beneficiation plant for reuse and the capacity of these dams is currently 34.56 million tonnes.

Slime Dam at Noamandi

Recovery of water at beneficiation plant


  • Tata Steel has made of use of waste, fly ash from steel plants to lay a recreation park in Jharkhand for tourism and land use efficiency.
  • The mining company has developed a rain water harvesting project at its Sir Dorabji Tata Botanical Park near Noamandi mine to support plant and animal diversity.
  • In the hills of Noamundi mine, afforestation has been continuously carried out by Tata Steel to achieve sustainable mining.
  • The corporate assists farmers near Noamundi mine with irrigation motor pumps to utilize water resources for agriculture.
  • Tata Steels’ subsidiary JUSCO develops urban infrastructure as waste management and road laying at Jamshedpur for regional benefits.
  • Tata Steel has incorporated water recycling facilities for its mines to regulate ground water dependence.


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