Talcher, Jan 30 (LocalWire): Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) has taken up the work of sand stowing in Talcher mines on top priority, an official said on Thursday.
The company in a statement said the sand stowing will be completed with the active support from the locals.
MCL has placed a work order on the Central Institute for Mining and Fuel Research (CIMFR), Dhanbad, a pioneer scientific agency to carry out the scientific study to assess the present status of long-term stability of all underground workings of Talcher coalfields, it said.
In Talcher, the oldest coalfields of Odisha, the underground mining operations started in 1928 at Handidhua Colliery, Deulbera Colliery & Talcher Colliery, which became inactive in the year 1998, 2006 and 2018 respectively.
As per the old mine records, the incident of pothole was reported in 1952, which is very near to the site where the ground depression (seemingly pothole) was reported to have occurred on 15th January 2020.
Since surface rights over the underground workings were never required to be acquired under any stipulation and the extraction of coal in a particular area has been done with due permission of regulatory authority, the MCL which finally operated the mine now finds itself in a confused state whenever it’s held answerable on such incidents.
By virtue of present ownership, the MCL has always been affirmative to undertake stabilisation work but practical constraints of inaccessible, vulnerable areas developed during the pre-independence era and the resistance posed by the local dwellers over the workings have always been a challenge.
However, the MCL is committed to stabilise the underground workings done in the past and has placed a work order recently to CIMFR, Dhanbad.
The MCL has already initiated a process for regional planning of Talcher coalfields with IIT Kharagpur providing consultancy service, the company said.
Edited by Meenal Singh