K M Dayashankar
PEDDAPALLI: “The safety of the coal miners is more important than the production of the coal. There is no compromise on the safety of the workforce and it is taking all precautionary measures to prevent accidents at all the mines”, said N Sridhar, chairman of the Singareni Collieries Company Limited.
The C&MD held a review meeting with the officials at Singareni bhavan in Hyderabad on Monday. Expressing concern over the mine mishap at SRP-3 in Mancherial district which claimed four miners recently, Mr Sridhar said that the miners’ safety was more important than productivity. Instructing the officials to take all safety measures, he directed them to purchase all safety equipment and there was no dearth of funds for the safety of coal workers. He also instructed the officials to take measures for the safety of the huge machinery in the mines.
He also warned the officials of stern action if they fail to discharge their duties properly in providing adequate safety measures to the coal miners. Reviewing the progress of the coal production during the month of November, he said that the coal production was hampered due to the rains and directed the officials to take up transportation of 2.10 lakh metric tonnes of coal per day and remove at least 14 lakh cubic meters of overburden per day.
Stating that all the Singareni areas should achieve their targeted coal production, he said that they should achieve the target of producing 68 million tonnes of coal production by March-end in 2022. He also informed the officials to complete the process of land acquisition and R&R package works in coordination with the government officials.
Director (operations) K Chandrashekhar, director (finance, projects, planning and personnel) N Balaram, Advisor (Mining) DN Prasad, Advisor (forestry) K Surendra Pandey, ED (coal movement) J Allwyn, GM (coordination) K Suryanarayana, GM (strategic planning) Surender were also present.