ndia is a growing economy and owing to this, the pressure on the environment is bound to increase, environmental degradation may occur at greater rates, and the sustainability of ecological and economic systems may be compromised, if they are not controlled or checked.The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change(MoEF&CC)is an administrative structure of the Central Government for planning, promotion, coordination and overseeing the implemen tation of India's environmental and forestry policies and programmes. The awareness of these polices or programmes are most times not well understood by the end proponent and the periodic changes on guidelines further add to the ambiguity. Ecomen Laboratories is one pioneering environmental consultant that bridge this gap by hand holding their customers in preparation and getting through the clearance procedures.
Adding more Ecomen Laboratories and how they cater to the needs of their clients, Binay Prakash Pandey, CEO, Ecomen Laboratories, says, "We started End to End Mining Consulting services in March 2020. As part of our service offering, we also provide Environment Clearance service for mines. As you know, EC has to be provided by NABET accredited companies and Ecomen was our service partner with 30 years of rich experience across various sectors in providing environment services. Our association with Eco-men eventually turned out in acquiring Ecomen Laboratories. We always believed in the capabilities of the company and its team. We merged our service offerings with Ecomen Laboratories to leverage its brand value. The requirements of clients differ for each Industry type as the compliance standards are based on hazardous categories. But in general, clients expect to have local laboratory setup on project site and with equipment in working conditions. In addition, trained & qualified field assistants and timely submission of reports are crucial as well."
The company aspires to be a one stop solution provider for their clients and has created a diversified service portfolio that includes a) Conducting Survey ( Drone, DGPS, To tal Station, GPS, Etc), b) Forest Clearance, c) Environmental Clearance, d) Mining Operations for Major & Minor Minerals, e) All Statutory services like Preparation of Mining Plan, Geological plan, Quarry Plan, Feasibility reports & Prefeasibility reports, Exploration work, Statutory surveys and liaisoning work with various Government departments like DGMS, IBM, DMG, MoEF& CC, State Pollution Control Board, f) Mine Digitalization and advisory services, g) Environmental Monitoring as per EC/ MoEF& CC & SPCB Compliance, h) Environment Audit, and i) Social Impact Assessment Studies. The quality of their offerings and the transparency of their operations have also helped Ecomen Laboratories to not just create but also maintain an impressive clientele that has top tier companies from different industry verticals such as JSW, ACC, OMC, Kirloskar, Lanco, NTPC, Tata, Aditya Birla, Arcelor Mittal, and NMDC to name a few.
Going forward, we will be searching for ways to increase business volume and capabilities, the ability to embrace technological parity and expansion to new territories and regions
Talking more about the growing importance of technology and how they have charted out their future road map, Sanjeev Bijapur, Executive Director, Ecomen Laboratories, says "Technology will make us efficient in our activities. We have introduced technology for all internal work like assignment and monitoring of projects, cloud storage and documentation. We use special software packages for drawing, satellite imagery processing, drone data procesing and air modelling. We developed various inhouse solution leveraging IOT, Drone, ML and Blockchain technologies for Mining operations, Environment and Forestry Monitoring. Uncovering new opportunities for growing our business, requires us to build a strong team that will be open to the idea of change. Going forward, we will be searching for ways to increase business volume and capabilities, the ability to embrace technological parity and expansion to new territories and regions".