Mining Engineer’s Association of India observed that proper extraction of heavy minerals would pave way India to become super-power in processing and exporting of heavy minerals which were abundant all along the coastal areas.

It felt that there was huge scope for industrialisation and economic activity with the optimum utilisation of natural resources.

MEAI in association with South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and Trimex Sands Private Limited is organising three-day Heavy Mineral Conference-2013 in Novotel convention hall of Visakhapatnam from Wednesday.

MEAI president and Director of TSPL Arijit Bagchi said that the event would be historic since it would discuss the challenges in heavy mineral exploration, government policies and industrial needs. According to him, India is known for ancient heritage in mining and processing of several minerals and benefited the society.

A German chemist Schimberg discovered the heavy mineral deposits in India in 1909 itself.

A spokesperson of the Trimex Sands Private Limited told media in Srikakulam that the mineral exploration would make backward areas like Srikakulam to become rich with spur of economic activity.

He said that such international conferences will help technocrats to understand the latest developments in the sector.

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