Natural Resource Management

Our Mandate

To develop sustainable solutions for environmental challenges of mining and allied industries.


About us

Natural Resource Management (NRM) group of CSIR-CIMFR is a department with a multidisciplinary talent to carry out environmental management research for sustainable development of mining and allied industries. NRM is conducting basic and strategic research in heterogeneous mining areas all over the country to address issues at the ground level and develop location-specific, cost-effective, eco-friendly, socially acceptable scientific approaches to manage the damage of natural resources and the environment due to mining activities. NRM research team is committed to enhancing and developing new scientific technologies for monitoring, understanding, and conservation of the natural resource, ecology, biodiversity, environmental factors, mine waste management, toxic substance management in a mining area. Department has been prioritized different themes focused on sustainable development of the environment and society in and around a mining area. 

  • Natural resource conservation technology

  • Natural resources characterization and quality management

  • Reclamation of mine overburden (OB) dump and its management

  • Integrated plants, microbes, nutrients, climate management, and correlation

  • Natural toxic pollutants management by biomagnifications, bioremediation, bioaccumulation

The NRM Group has been entrusted for ecological and environmental research studies viz. air, soil, flora and,          fauna.


Our Expertise

  • Ecological analysis, restoration, bio-remediation

  • Bio-reclamation and Waste Dumps Management

  • Bioprospecting and biotechnological applications  

  • Bioaccumulation and biomagnification studies

  • Air quality monitoring and modeling 

  • Societal mission projects

  • Waste resource management 

  • Mine closure and best practices

  • Ecological damage assessment due to mining activities with respect to the air, soil, LU/LC changes

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Head of the Research Group
Dr. Siddharth Singh

Sr. Principal Scientist, HORG & HOS E-mail : ss[at]cimfr[dot]nic[dot]in, ssgcmri[at]yahoo[dot]com
Phone : +91-9431122769 (M), +91-326-2296003-5 Ext. 4422
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Natural Resource Management
Dr. Shailendra Kumar Singh

Principal Scientist E-mail : mr[dot]shiloo[at]cimfr[dot]nic[dot]in, mr[dot]shiloo11[at]gmail[dot]com
Phone : 8084505368 (M)
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Dr. Bhanu Pandey

Sr. Scientist E-mail : bhanu[at]cimfr[dot]nic[dot]in, bhanubot[at]gmail[dot]com
Phone : 9453775322 (M)
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Dr. Sudarshan Singh Rathore

Scientist E-mail : ssrathore[at]cimfr[dot]nic[dot]in
Phone : 9677647208, 8827729079 (M)
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Mr. Lal Babu Roy

Sr. Technical Officer (2) E-mail : lbroy[at]cimfr[dot]nic[dot]in, lbroy68[at]gmail[dot]com
Phone : 9431513010 (M)
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Mr. Sameer Shekhar

Technical Officer E-mail : sameer[at]cimfr[dot]nic[dot]in, sameershekhar88[at]gmail[dot]com
Phone : 4428 (Ext), 6205677046 (M)
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Dr. Ranjeet Kumar Singh

Technical Assistant E-mail : ranjeetenviroment[at]gmail[dot]com, ranjeetcimfr[at]gmail[dot]com
Phone : 9693498749 (M)
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Mr. Reddi Ganesh

Technical Assistant E-mail : ganeshreddi[at]cimfr[dot]nic[dot]in, ganeshiit10[at]gmail[dot]com
Phone : 7675971336 (M)
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Major Facilities


Soil Analysis Facility


ETHOS UP Microwave Digestion System - Milestone

Micro-wave Digestion System: Digestion of soil, sediment, and biological samples

Double Beam Ultra-Violet - Visible (UV-Vis)   Spectrophotometer: Absorption spectroscopy or reflectance spectroscopy in the ultraviolet-visible spectral region. Used for the chemical analysis.

Soil Analysis Laboratory: Facility to store and analysize soil parameters


Air Analysis Facility



Aerosol Spectrometer: Portable device is used for continuous measurement of airborne particles as well as for measuring the particle count distribution.

Magee scientific Black Portable Aethalometer, AE 42 , for Laboratory Use, |  ID: 9304688248

Aethalometer AE42 (Portable): Aethalometer measures black carbon load in the ambient air through the light attenuation method.


Particulate Matter Sampler: Suspended particulate matter (PM10 / PM2.5) measurement

AERMOD View Software: To predict the disperssion of various air pollutants like SO2, NOx, PM10 , PM2.5, etc.


US EPA approved FRM Partisol 2000i: Used for simultaneous measurement of Suspended particulate matter (PM10 & PM2.5).

Portable Multi monitoring System: A portable Multimoduler Ambient Air Quality measuring instrument for SO2, NOx, O3, PM10 & PM2.5 anemometer, rain gauge, and sensors for barometric pressure, humidity, temperature, etc., and display unit


Biological Analysis Facility



Photosynthesis System: Measures gas exchange through the leaf surface

Soil Resp 2

Soil Respiration: This attachment of the gas 

exchange system measures the diffuse CO2 

emission through surface/soil.

Microbiology and biotechnology facility: To explore microbial diversity and bioprospecting studies 

Leaf Area Meter: Non-destructive Measurements on the Leaves of Living Plants


Other Instrument and Facility

Essential sophisticated instruments available in CSIR-CIMFR campus for various parameters are accessible to NRM group members for analysis.



Some Major Projects


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Environmental – Technical Assistance Project (Mining Sub-component)

  • Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF)/ World Bank


Development of methodology for estimation of greenhouse gas emission from coal mine fire areas and their mitigation through terrestrial sequestration

  • Ministry of Coal


Regional EIA/EMP for Sirmour limestone deposits, HP

  • Ministry of Environment and Forests (MOEF), New Delhi


Preparation of mining plan, progress closure plan, and feasibility study report for quarry work at Seabird site, Karwar.

  • Indian Navy


Environmental Impact Assessment and preparation of Management Plan has been done for a large number of clients

  • Uranium Corporation of India Ltd. 

  • Steel Authority of India,

  • Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation Ltd, 

  • Shree Kalyanararama Company, Nellore


Assessment of ecological status of reclaimed site of 245.20 ha at Sonepur Bazari OCP with the existing biodiversity and ecological gain, a field-based study

  • Eastern Coalfield Limited, Paschim Bardhman (W.B)


Biodiversity action study of Talabira 2 & 3 OCP in Talabira Odisha Mining Pvt. Ltd., Talabira 2&3 Odisha

  • Talabira Mining Pvt Ltd, Odisha


Environmental monitoring and awareness: Environment sampling, monitoring and awareness by NRM team to manage environment in mining, allied industries, urban and rural areas.


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