New Delhi: Coal India subsidiary, South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL), has turned mining straps into sculptures under a special campaign. SECL’s Jamuna Kotma Area has undertaken the initiative of “Scrap to Sculpture” under this initiative, the Coal Ministry said in a statement. The main objective of this project is to convert scrap materials from coal mines into various creative sculptures, the Coal Ministry said in a statement.
The colliery has established a public park to house and display these sculptures made from scrap at Bankim Vihar, Jamuna Kotma area in Anuppur district of Madhya Pradesh. Among the scrap-made sculptures installed, prominent ones are of a coal mine worker, a lion, a crane bird and a flower.
The sculpture of the coal mine worker is made of scrap items like, tor rods, mild steel cut pieces, bearing halves and rollers of conveyer belts. The weight of this sculpture is approximately 1.7 tonnes, the ministry said.
The project was conceptualised in the backdrop of the fact that a large quantity of scrap materials from coal mines, which are usually left unutilised for a prolonged time and eventually auctioned, can be converted for productive usage for the common good. The sculptures were designed and manufactured at Regional Workshop, Kotma Colliery, and a large number of female employees were also involved in crafting these sculptures, the Coal Ministry informed.
The government has announced a special campaign from October 2-31 this year with a focus on ‘swachchhata’ and reducing pendency in government offices. A major component of the campaign is to dispose of the scrap material.