Sustainable development of groundwater in and around opencast limestone mine area by rainwater harvesting – a case study


  • Indian Institute of Technology (ISM), Research Scholar, Department of Mining Engineering, Dhanbad, India
  • Indian Institute of Technology (ISM), Mine Geologist, Department of Mining Engineering, Dhanbad, India


Mining of minerals is essential part of life so is the groundwater. The present case study focuses on the sustainability of groundwater in and around the large opencast limestone mines area by rainwater harvesting in Satna region, Madhya Pradesh, India. It evaluates the quantity, quality, and management of groundwater encountered in mines and water positive for human consumption, irrigation and other plant uses. Field study and trials have been done with understanding of interrelationship between groundwater hydrology and mining, the basic objective of sustainability, that is, conserving for future generations with particular reference to the mines has been addressed. Such scientific approach makes the mine planning easier, ensures better water management and solves water scarcity as well as security problems in the vicinity of mining areas.


Sustainable development, water positive, impact of mining on groundwater, groundwater in hard rocks

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