RANCHI: Central Coalfields Limited (CCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited, is working on the plan to open four new mines in the state with a total production capacity of around 38 million tonne per annum (MTPA) in the current fiscal.

The four mines which the company is planning to open are Magadh, Amrapali, Konar and Birsa in North Urimari. Production capacity of Magadh will be around 20 MTPA and that of Amrapali around 12 MTPA. Production from Konar and Birsa mines will be around 3.5 MTPA and 3 MTPA respectively. At present the company has 59 operational mines including 18 underground and 41 opencast in different parts of Jharkhand with total production capacity of more than 50 MTPA.

Chairman cum managing director of CCL Gopal Singh said the company has got all statutory clearances including that from Union forest and environment ministry. “We are trying our best to start the mines at the earliest,” said Singh adding that most modern technology and equipment will be used in the mines to ensure maximum production and minimum pollution.

About transparency plans of the company, he said the management is working on a plan to reach zero stock at the mines to check fire in coal yard and pilferage. “There was a time when huge stocks of coal remained piled at the mines and there were complaints of fire and pilferage. We have taken initiative and reduced coal stocks from 16.32 MT to 4.82 MT. We are closely monitoring coal dispatch and are working to bring coal stocks to zero. In the future we will transport whatever will be mined,” said Singh.

On company’s plan for the welfare of employees and people living in the command area of the mines, he said they have set up a Samadhan Kendra with a toll-free number. Anyone who has a complaint can register with the kendra and it will be resolved at the earliest. “We are also going to train youths in our command area with the help of Indian Institute of Management, Ranchi and develop their skill to make them self employed,” said Singh adding that the company will also help in arranging funds so that the youths can start their business after the training is over.

The company also has plans to start a polytechnic college and industrial training institute for skill development.

Courtesy: THE TIMES OF INDIA

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