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Government of India
Ministry of Mines
26 JUL 2019 5:56PM by PIB Delhi
Ministry of mines organises a workshop on Effective utilization of Red Mud

In a step towards productive utilisation of bauxite residue, commonly known as the ‘Red Mud’, an interactive workshopcalled ‘Waste To Wealth’ was organized by Ministry of Mines in the capital today. The present status regarding the generation of Red Mud and its safe disposal and utilization were discussed. The workshop, which was presided over by Dr K. Rajeswara Rao, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Mines,was organised in association with theJawaharlal Nehru Aluminium Research Development and Design Centre (JNARDDC) Nagpur.

Red Mud is a solid waste generated during the aluminium production process. This is an environmental concern due to presence of impurities such as caustic soda and others minerals. Global generation of red mud is more than 150 million tons and there exists a global inventory of more than 3 billion tons. Red mud generation in India is around 9 million tons per year.

The meet was widely attended by representatives from organisations like Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, CPCB, Odisha state Pollution Control Board, BARC, Indian Bureau of Mines, Ministry of Road Transport, NHAI and BIS, Engineer-in-Chief of Army, top executives from all three primary aluminium producing companies viz- NALCO, VEDANTA & HINDALCO as well as from user industries like cement and ceramic industry. Interacting with the stakeholders, Mr. Anil Mukim, Secretary, Ministry of Mines asked all the stake holders to work in synergy to find a lasting solution for productive utilisation of red mud.

The day long deliberations were held to focus all efforts for effective bulk utilization of red mud with necessary government support, which will be a win-win situation for all the stakeholders. Based on the deliberations, a roadmap will be prepared for the productive utilization of red mud.