June 19, 2014

Odisha Channel Bureau Bhubaneswar, June 19: Over 80 billion tonnes of India’s mineral reserves are yet to be tapped as the domestic mining sector has been waiting for exploitation of its full potential despite a huge resource base and geological advantages, primarily because of myriad interconnected infrastructure, social and regulatory bottlenecks, according to a recent ASSOCHAM study on India’s mining sector.“With its substantial reserves of natural resources, India needs to embark upon sustainable best practices in mining to get best results in the sector, besides strict enforcement of mining laws is also imperative as better enforcement rather than more regulation can help remedy the ills plaguing Indian mining sector,” highlighted the study.“Though the domestic mining sector holds huge growth potential in India’s economy, the sector is currently saddled with various economic, Bureau cratic, environmental and capacity issues,” said Rana Kapoor, president of ASSOCHAM while releasing the Chamber’s study.“With China ramping up its domestic production, India is facing a stiff competition as it seems very difficult for it to match the scale and cost of production with that of its counterpart,” said Kapoor.“Though it is not possible to predict commodity demand or price movements owing to the volatile nature of the industry, Indian players need to keep in mind various scenarios while preparing mine development plans.”“As Indian players expand their operations (domestic or global), they should explore strategies to build strategic portfolios (either by themselves or through strategic joint ventures/consolidation), synergies of which could be leveraged to match demand/supply imbalances,” he added.“There is an urgent need for improving operational efficiency of mining companies in India as issues like rampant over-extraction from mines, illegal possession of land for mining have become major concerns in this sector, which if not addressed suitably can draw this flourishing sector backward,” said Kapoor.“There is also the need to formulate a public policy in mining which enables inclusive sustainable development by sharing the benefits derived from mineral resources with the community at large as it would positively affect the growth outlook of the sector.”In its study, ASSOCHAM has also mentioned about the need to correct regulatory anomalies in order to build an environment conducive for commercially viable mining, besides, it is also crucial for stakeholders to understand global trends and likely implications so as to evolve a growth oriented approach.

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