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Coal ministry director inspects Lodna area coal mines of CIL BCCL

Coal News - Published on Thu, 19 Jul 2018

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Telegraph India reported that union coal ministry director Mr Peeyush Kumar, who take stock of both production and rehabilitation, stressed on the need for better safety, improved fuel quality, optimum use of technology and environment conservation in the same breath. Mr Kumar inspected the Lodna area mines of BCCL on 16 July along with Gokul Dham, a park developed over 17 acres, before holding a review meeting with officials.

Addressing the media later at Jealgora guest house, the coal director said ministry teams were visiting different parts of the country to ensure increase in production albeit with focus on safety. Mr Kumar said that "The BCCL is going through difficult times and proper use of technology, without harming the environment, can turn the situation around."

Expressing displeasure over three mines - Kujama, Jealgora and Jairampur - lying closed owing to stagnant rehabilitation efforts, Kumar urged residents to co-operate so that these could be reopened "within a month".

According to the coal director, 250 lakh tonnes of high quality coal is lying unused in Barari owing to lack of clearance for despatch from the state government. Mr Kumar said that "We have a surplus of around 1,800 workers in Lodna because of closed mines and that is taking a heavy toll. The situation can improve only if these are reopened."

Mr Kumar, however, lauded the efforts of Lodna officials in developing the park. Mr Kumar said that "The balance between nature and progress can be maintained by taking such pioneering steps."

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Posted By : Joykumar Irom on Thu, 19 Jul 2018
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