Bhubaneswar, July 29 (LocalWire): The administration of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) is mulling options to seal affected portion at Bharatapur coal mines, in order to resume partial production as a government directive has ordered to close the mine following labour deaths last month.
The Directorate General of Mines Safety (DGMS) on Wednesday revoked permission for Bharatpur coal mines of MCL for safety survey and has asked the coal miner to undertake safety measures for labourers in order to restart the mine.
Since the DGMS directive to remove the heap of coal mines waste from the area is time-consuming, MCL plans to immediately seal the affected area that caused labour deaths, in order to resume coal production in other parts of the mine, said sources in the Coal India subsidiary.
The Bharatpur coal mine alone produces nearly 40,000 tonne coal a day, out of total 210,000 tonne output everyday by MCL. A total of nine states depend upon MCL coal to run their coal-fired power plants.
MCL is yet to send its compliance report to DGMS, which will take a decision afterwards. Meanwhile, the DGMS field survey could be completed in a day or two, and if the authorities agree with the MCL plan, then the output may start soon, said the source.
As of now, the Bharatpur coal mines remains closed while other mines of the MCL are running at full capacity, the source added.
On July 23, four labourers had died and nine others were injured while working at Bharatpur coal mine.
Mining activity had resumed in the area for a day after the protesters agreed to the proposal of Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) for providing jobs and money to the kins of labourers died in a mishap.