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Need to increase green cover, protect mother earth: MCL CMD

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  • With the world beginning to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is increasing recognition that healing from the pandemic is linked to healing the planet, said the CMD

  • He congratulated the operations teams of MCL for producing a record 94 percent coal, ie, through environment-friendly mining technology surface miners

Sambalpur: On the occasion of World Environment Day, Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) PK Sinha stressed on the need to protect the environment and increase green cover for a company engaged in the mining of coal. On the occasion of World Environment Day 2021, which marks the beginning of the United Nations Decade (2021-2030) on Ecosystem Restoration, the MCL CMD unfurled the environment flag at company headquarters in Sambalpur, Odisha, and administered an oath to senior officers present at the venue as well as others connected virtually from the project areas in Angul, Jharsuguda and Sundergarh districts.

“With the world beginning to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is increasing recognition that healing from the pandemic is linked to healing the planet,” the MCL CMD said in his message.

Ecosystem restoration can help protect, improve livelihoods: CMD

Asserting that ecosystem restoration can help protect and improve livelihoods, regulate disease, reduce risk of natural disasters and contribute to the achievement of the sustainable development goals by 2030, Sinha said that MCL is committed to protecting the environment and conserving natural resources by adhering to best practices in a sustainable manner. He congratulated the operations teams of MCL for achieving a rare feat of producing a record 94 percent coal, ie, more than 139 million tonne (MT), through environment-friendly mining technology surface miners and supplying 79 percent, ie 115 MT, of dry fuel to power plants via eco-friendly rail-mode.

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Having planted 61.5 lakh trees in and around its command area in Odisha since inception in 1992, MCL has planned for plantation of 2.7 lakh trees during the current fiscal.

MCL aggressively progressing towards induction of new tech in coal mining ops

The company is aggressively progressing towards induction of new technologies in coal mining and despatch operations, like automated dispatch through FMC projects, pipe and belt conveyors, overburden removal through blast-less technology. For the first time, reclamation of final mine voids by filling with fly ash completed in South Balanda opencast project in an area of 63 Ha with a quantity of 14.57 Mm3.

Besides, Balanda mine in Talcher is now being developed into an eco-park after the reclamation work. MCL has established 11 Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring System (CAAQMS) in the  coalfields areas for continuous real-time monitoring of air quality in mines. A fleet of 15 mobile and 31 fixed “fog cannon” for dust suppression, three Robotic Nozzle retro-fitted on 28 kL water sprinkler, three-wheel washing systems have been commissioned to suppress dust adequately along with the existing system of four Mechanical Road Sweeper, 435 fixed water sprinklers and  62 numbers 28KL mobile water sprinklers. MCL, a subsidiary of Coal India Limited, is the second largest coal producer in the country and a top contributor under CSR in Odisha.

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