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Mining operations in Odisha to Continue mid Covid-19 Outbreak

Mining News - Published on Fri, 27 Mar 2020

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ToI reported that mining activities and its transportation in Odisha will continue despite the countrywide 21-day lockdown to contain Covid-19 as the state government has excluded operation of mines and production, supply, distribution of coal, power and steel from the restrictions listing these activities as essential services. The mineral production, however, has been reduced by around 60 percent because of the fall in number of workers in the mining areas.

Official sources said the lessees have been directed to avoid public gatherings inside the lease hold areas and also at the transportation point and check gates. The lessees have also been directed to maintain good sanitary facilities and educate their workers on dos and don’ts in view of Covid-19 pandemic.

Keonjhar, Sundargarh, Angul, Jajpur, Koraput, Jharsuguda, Dhenkanal and Mayurbhanj are the eight districts with maximum mining activities while a large number of local people are engaged in the mining fields and other allied activities like loading and transportation.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 27 Mar 2020
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