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CIL BCCL Taking Steps to Reduce Coal Pollution in Dhanbad

Coal News - Published on Thu, 16 Jan 2020

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Coal India’s Limited’s Bharat Coking Coal Ltd is planning to procure 14 sprinklers and three dust-sweeping machines before March and set up a continuous ambient air quality monitoring station at Jagjivan Nagar colony in Dhanbad within the same time frame. BCCL GM Environment Mr EVR Raju told “We were waiting for the model code of conduct to be lifted before initiating the tender process for procuring the equipment. The tender will now be issued by the end of this month. BCCL is planning to procure fog/mist sprinklers, which were more effective in controlling pollution caused by coal dust than static sprinklers. He said “These sprinklers will prove very useful in mining areas, BCCL staff quarters and other colonies located near the collieries. We will also procure three dust-sweeping machines at a cost of around Rs 1.2 crore each. After signing a memorandum of understanding with Dhanbad Municipal Corporation, we will hand over the dust-sweeping machines to them for use in different localities.”

He said the DMC was already operating five dust-sweeping machines for the last two months in different residential colonies.

Mr Raju said the continuous ambient air quality monitoring station at Jagjivan Nagar would be installed with the help of the Central Mine Planning and Design Institute. He said “We have plans to install two more such stations in Katras and Lodna after March.”

These pollution mitigation measures are part of the coal major’s comprehensive action plan prepared in accordance with Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board’s directive at a meeting in Ranchi on June 13 last year.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 16 Jan 2020
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