Mumbai – Diversified natural resources company, Vedanta initiated tailing and the management of dams to protect people living down streams.
Dams pose significant risks to the lives of the people during the monsoon season therefore standard findings were supplemented to prepare the dams for overflow conditions.
The initiative ensures that all the group companies follow consistent international best practices.
Over the last 18 months, Vedanta has taken active measures to improve the management of their dams which started with an independent assessment and the company bought global experts golder associates on board last year, to review the integrity of company’s dam structures and their associated management practices.
The Vedanta Sustainability Framework (VSF) comprises comprehensive policies and standards on recycling of water, carbon energy and waste.
Over 25% of water was recycled during the FY 2019 (Apr-Mar).
Other steps to improve oversight includes daily and weekly checks, revising the risk matrix, introducing online surveillance systems, conducting liquefaction analysis, enhanced training for all key personnel, improved documentation, quarterly dam-state reviews by senior management and developing a closure plan for all facilities.
The company has structured management approach that will minimise the risk of a future dam breach. Water management Managing water effectively is critical for both operations and for the communities.
In 2018, a water risk assessment has been performed at 25 of most significant business locations which determined the risk based on water-stress information available in global and public databases and from site-specific measurements.