Aligarh: Dr. Hishami Jamil Husain, Environmental Superintendent, Rio Tinto, Bhopal said that unplanned mining operation and left over excavated sites, which are completely devoid of vegetation and fertility, create serious environmental problems. She was delivering a lecture on “Mines Closure and Rehabilitation” at the Department of Geology, Aligarh Muslim University.
Dr. Husain said that plants species, which grow in harsh environment, should be selected for rehabilitation purpose. She said that it had been proved by several ecologists that natural reclamation in such areas is slow which forced to imply artificial restoration for accelerating rapid ecosystem development. The soil performs a vital function in sustaining biological diversity and productivity, so, reclamation of soil should be given importance along with selection of species for reclamation.
Earlier, introducing the guest, Dr. LAK Rao, Chairman, Department of Geology said that Dr. Hishami was on board several National and International bodies. He is a visiting faculty and distinguished speaker on sustainable development, legal compliance, social corporate responsibility and environment management.
Dr. S. Farooq conducted the programme. Dr. Shadab Khursheed, Dr. Rashid Umar, Dr. Zia ur Rahman Ansari and Research scholar of the department were present on the occasion.