Kolkata, Nov 05 : A 12 member German Delegation (Engineering and Mining) visited the city on Tuesday seeking to offer solutions for mining safety and mining efficiency in West Bengal.
The delegation comprised representatives of 10 companies from Germany in opencast and underground technology, who engaged in B2B dialogues to boost cross border connect in the area at the The Bengal Chamber here.
Speaking at an interactive session Mr.Abraham G Stephanos, Vice President and Managing Director of Tata Steel Processing and Distribution Limited , stated, “Engineering and mining sector are very important to the eastern part of India. We had earlier led a delegation to Germany in the year where the focus was B2B and B2G where the delegation also participated in the Indo German Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meet in Dusseldorf."
"The Government of West Bengal also has been actively engaging with their German counterparts when Ms Vandana Yadav, met with government counterparts in Germany," he added.
Also the Chief Minister has recently announced mining project and the coal block would require investment of about 12-15 trillion rupees, he said, adding that the this has huge potential to generate 100,000 employment opportunities.
"The Bengal Chamberss centre of excellence along with Indo German Chamber is providing a centre of excellence to provide expertise particularly to MSME and SME sectors . The German companies present here today include exploration, extraction, beneficiation, mineral processing and safety equipment,” he stated.
Mr. Rajesh Nathy, MD, VDMA India who was from the German side representing technologies from, German Engineering Federation, said, "Coal production has to rise. There is too much dependency on open cast mines. Underground mining has lots of potential that has yet to be explored. Better quality of coal is available underground."
He said," With open cast there is the problem of procuring land but for underground that issue does not arise. There needs to be a shift in the thinking of policy makers for underground mining possibility also."
"Our delegation visit is the result of the positive and concrete step of BGBS and visit of the Chief Minister to NRW," Germany, he said.
Earlier, Minister Amit Mitra had expressed interest in Germany with regards to mining safety and mining production., he said.
"At present Kolkata has about 20 German companies operating here in sales services and mining manufacturing. We think there is potential here for improvement, higher safety in mining transportation," he added.
The companies of the German delegation included Allmineral Asia Pvt. Ltd., CFT GmbH Compact Filter Technic, Eickhoff Bergbautechnik GmbH, JD Theile GmbH & Co. KG, Putzmeister Concrete Machines Pvt. Ltd, SMT Scharf GmbH, EnergieAgentur. NRW, VDMA Mining and VDMA India. (UNI)