|Sir Dorabji Tata
In order to make India self sufficient in raw materials,
a team of enterprising geologists was sent out to scour the
surrounding hills for prospective sources. The area was found
to be rich in deposits of iron ore, coking coal, limestone,
dolomite, manganese, etc. The Steel Company obtained its first
colliery in 1910, adding six more in course of time. Several
mines were spread over the states of Bihar, Orissa and Karnataka.
The Tatas soon became the first to own a fully mechanised
iron ore mine in India at Noamundi. The Coal Beneficiation
Plant at West Bokaro undertook beneficiation of low-grade
coals, thus helping in the conservation of the fast dwindling
resources of high quality coals. The collieries, the mines
and the quarries- together furnish the bulk of the raw material
requirements of the plant.