A research team from IIT Kharagpur's Dept. of Mining Engineering led by Prof. Khanindra Pathak has transformed hazardous and polluting slug dumpsites of a steel plant into greenbelts in Odisha. The researchers afforested over 32000 square feet in Angul, near the Dhenkanal region of Odisha, following a rapid forest regeneration technique by a unique mix of the traditional resource of Panchagavya with the Miyawaki plantation technique of ecologist Prof. Akira Miyawaki from Japan. The process led an unsupportive steel slag dump to a self-sustaining primary succession over it. The success of the present project has helped the industry to not only comply with the mandate of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India but will protect the neighboring villages from airborne dust to a certain degree in addition to the usefulness of the vegetation developed to the villagers. The approach established if implemented across such sites in the country would benefit millions of people leaving around the mining region.
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