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Binay Prakash Pandey 0000-0002-0730-3894

Devi Prasad Mishra 0000-0002-0730-3894


Mining activities can cause tangible socio-economic improvements in the surrounding regions. Such potential has not been fully realized, owing to the fact that the socio-economic impact assessment processes exercised in India merely predict the footprint of industrial activity on the surrounding population. Consequently, project proponents are mandated to implement a management plan in cases of foreseeable negative consequences. However, both, the assessment study, as well as the process of implementation of a management plan, are riddled with significant gaps and limitations. Primary data collected for this research makes it apparent that, in comparison to the revenue generated from the mining activities, the pace of development of the mine-affected areas and the socio-economic conditions of those residing in these areas are disproportional. Moreover, the current assessment process was found to be lacking in data and analysis. In this context, this paper recommends the usage of state-of-the-art technologies, including unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone technology, for accurate assessment as well as real-time monitoring of the socio-economic impact of mining operations. The overall objective is to improve the perception of the general population towards the mining industry.

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