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WCL starts India’s first eco-mine tourism. But what is it?

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New Delhi: Western Coalfields Ltd (WCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited (CIL), said on Monday that it has started eco-mine tourism and eco-park initiatives. The move is aimed at dispelling notions of pollution and environmental degradation related to coal and mining operations.
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Now, you can tour WCL coal mines

Under this initiative, WCL is conducting tours of its two coal mines — Saoner underground mine and Gondegaon opencast mine — in between which an eco-park has been created. During the course of these tours, people can learn the details of mining operations before they enter real mines.

The park has a number of technologies on display, like vermi-composting, rain water harvesting, solar pumps, drip irrigation as well as science models made using mine scrap material.

Sustainable mining

This is a first-of-its-kind initiative to promote ecological balance by using mine water in the park. Water is a natural fallout of any mining process referred to as ‘mine discharge water.’ WCL utilises part of the mine water for mining activities, while the rest of it is facilitated to nearby community after proper treatment for use as potable, domestic water and for irrigation.

Total mine water discharge of WCL is 1,378 lakh cubic meter per year, out of which 565 lakh cubic meter per year is utilised internally.

The remaining 786 lakh cubic meter per year is utilised through various schemes and memorandum of understanding with state government organisations.

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