New Delhi: Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL), a pioneering Coal India subsidiary, has collaborated with Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board (MPSTDC) through a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Wednesday to promote and boost Singrauli Eco-Tourism Circuit, giving thrust to mine tourism under sustainable development initiatives. Speaking at the event, NCL CMD PK Sinha reaffirmed his commitment to sustainable development of Singrauli region with uninterrupted coal supply to the nation. He extended his full support to MP tourism for the development of the Singrauli Eco-tourism Circuit, which will be a major milestone in the upliftment of the far eastern district of Madhya Pradesh.
Besides NCL CMD, MPSTDC’s Managing Director S Viswanathan, Collector Singrauli Rajiv Ranjan Meena and others also joined the signing ceremony through video conferencing.
The collaboration of NCL with MP Tourism will facilitate the development of eco-mine tourism and eco-parks which will also generate employment and business opportunities for the locals. This initiative will explore a new tourism circuit in the state of Madhya Pradesh, which is rife with beauty, wildlife, cultural heritage and adventure. This will also foster mine tourism entailing the importance of Singrauli as the 'Energy Capital of India.' NCL-IIT (BHU) Incubation Centre will facilitate research, gather information, design and operate the tour plans for incoming tourists. The endeavours through this MoU are to bridge and sustain the cultural heritage of the Singrauli region with a commitment to energise the nation.
NCL is operating with 10 highly mechanised opencast coal mines producing more than 115 MT of coal annually, thereby contributing 10 percent to the country’s energy. Being a coal mining giant, the company plays a crucial role in the socio-economic lives of the people of the Singrauli region.
Singrauli district has a vast operation of coal mining, large scale thermal and hydropower plants, which play a vital role in energising the economy of India with rich flora, fauna and cultural heritage.
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