K M Dayashankar
SCCL plans to open five new OCPs to increase coal production
HYDERABAD: The Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) has set a target of mining 75 million tonnes of coal during the financial year 2022-2023 by starting production in the new open cast mines at the earliest.
The Singareni had decided to start mining operations in the new OCPs such as GDK open cast, Naini coal block in Odisha and GVR open cast project by the end of this financial year. Besides, it had also decided to open five new OCPs in various divisions during the next financial year.
The new OCPs would be opened at Ramagundam, Kothagudem, Bellampalli, Illendu and Goleti areas. It was decided to produce at least 200 lakh metric tonnes of coal in the first year after its opening.
At a meeting with the directors, area general managers others at Singareni bhavan in Hyderabad on Friday, Chairman and MD N Sridhar said that they secured some clearances for opening new OCPs and still they have to take up land acquisition and other permissions. Directing the officials to secure all clearances for new OCPs by March 2022, he informed them to solve and land acquisition and R&R packages. He also instructed them to secure the necessary machinery, contracts for the removal of overburden etc.
Stating that the Singareni had set a record coal production of 75 million tonnes during the year 2022-2023, he said that they would have to remove 500 lakh cubic meters of overburden from the OCPs. He also reviewed the steady progress of coal mining and its transportation and the supply of explosives to the OCPs to intensify the mining operations.
Directors S Chandrashekhar Reddy, N Balaram, D Satyanarayana Rao, Advisors DN Prasad, Surendra Pandey, ED (coal movement) J Allwyn, general manager (coordination) K Suryanarayana and others were also present.