Singareni to start two new mines in Odisha along with already sanctioned Naini project
K M Dayashankar
Singareni officials meet Odisha officials for securing land for starting second phase of Naini project and New Pratapada coal blocks
Coal analytical lab inaugurated
PEDDAPALLI: A team of officials of the Singareni Collieries Company Limited have made a two-day visit to the Odisha state on Monday and Tuesday for acquiring the forest and revenue lands for starting the new mines such as the second phase of Naini block and ‘New Pratapada’ coal block.
Following the instructions of the Singareni chairman and managing director N Sridhar, the officials’ team lead by Director (projects, planting and finance) N Balaram along with Advisor (mining) DN Prasad, ED (coal movement) J Allwyn, Advisor (Naini) Vijaya Rao, GM (Naini) M Suresh visited the Odisha state and held consultations with the higher officials.
The Singareni officials informed the Odisha State Revenue department Principal Secretary Bishnu Pada Sethi and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Sisir Kumar Ratho with regard to the allocation of forest lands for the second phase of Naini coal block and help in the land acquisition for the New Patrapada coal block allocated to Singareni by the Central Government. All permissions have already been accorded for the first phase of Naini coal block.
The team explained that in the last 3 months of this financial year 10 lakh metric tonnes of coal would be produced from Naini coal block and after that every year 100 lakh metric tonnes of coal would be produced. The Odisha officials responded positively to the Singareni officials’ proposal. Since coal production would start in the coming four months period from the Naini coal block, the team visited Balaram Railway siding near to Mahanadi coal fields to study the possibility of transporting coal through rail routes. They discussed the possibility of coal transport with the railway officials.
Coal Analytical Lab inaugurated
The Singareni director Balaram inaugurated a Coal Analytical laboratory set with an investment of Rs 2 crores near Angul district in line with the Naini block. The latest coal analysis machines have been set up in the centre. Drilling core testing at the centre would play an important part in analyzing complete drilling, coal grade, quality, coal layer spread and other issues before the coal digging at Naini block. Along with Naini coal other coal production companies also can utilize the services of the laboratory.
On this occasion, the Singareni officials planted saplings on the premises of the laboratory. DGM Ravindra P Chowdary, DGM (Marketing) Marepalli Venkateshwarlu and other officials participated in this program.
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