Foundation Stone was laid by Shri Balvinder Kumar, Secretary, Minsitry of Mines, GOI for a new Ultramodern Laboratory, Workshop, Conference cum Training Centre Complex at Utilities Complex of Mineral Exploration Corporation Ltd. (MECL) on 8th December, 2016. The programme commenced with the arrival of Shri Kumar at the venue at 10.00 AM. He was ushered by Dr. Gopal Dhawan, CMD MECL along with Shri R.N. Jha, Director (Technical), Shri M.S.N. Murthy, Director (Finance), Shri Manish Bhimte, CVO MECL and other HODs. The other dignitaries, Shri R.K. Sinha, Controller General of IBM, Shri Anupam Agnihotri, Director JNRDC and eminent professors of Earth Sciences Shri O.P. Verma, IIT Roorkee and Shri V.K.S. Dave, IIT (ISM) Dhanbad also graced the occasion.
Shri Balvinder Kumar, while addressing the gathering, explained the need for such ultramodern laboratory in Mineral Industry as it will enable to do all the necessary testing required in the process of Mineral Exploration. Dr. Dhawan, also addressed the gathering and said that such facility will accelerate the Mineral Exploration requiring in the country where MECL is committed to double the capacity for exploration of Non-coal minerals. He also thanked Ministry of Mines for helping hand in the modernization of MECL and making it better for future endeavours.
Following was a Press Meet as organized in which Shri Kumar and Dr. Dhawan interacted with the Media and Press in which they discussed about the enactment of the new MMRD Act, beneficial for exploration and mineral block auctioning and the current exploration tasks and targets within the nation.