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Odisha: Singareni’s  Naini coal mine gets local public support: CMD thanked to Odisha Govt

Environment Public hearing meeting concludes successfully held at Karod Bahyal village today

OB Works to start: Target of 10 lakh tonnes of coal production by next year

C & MD thankful for co-operation of Odisha Government and local public

Local public extended their full support at the Environment Public hearing today in the presence of Government officials for the huge ‘Naini’ coal block which is to be started by Singareni in Odisha State.

Mr.N. Sridhar C & MD  Singareni expressed happiness on this and extended his thanks to Odisha Government officials, local people’s representatives and general public.  He said that since almost all the permissions with regard to Odisha Naini coalblock are completed and the people’s opinion is also positive the mine is speedily moving towards coal production.  Target of 10 lakh tonnes of coal production has been decided from this mine in the coming financial year 2021-22 and all arrangements are being made for achieving this.

Additional District Magistrate Mr. Santosh Kumar Pradhan headed the Naini coal block people’s opinion survey program at Angul District, Karod Bahal in Odisha District today.  People’s opinion was sought under the supervision of Sub Collector Mr. Basudev Satpadhi and Pollution control board Regional officer (Angul) Sri. Anup Kumar Malik.  Nearly 500 locals participated in this from 6 villages near Saini Block.  35 people who spoke on behalf of the villages said that they have no objection in coal digging by Singareni Company at Naini Block.  Singareni Advisor Naini Block Mr. C. H. Vijaya Rao, Consultant Dharanidharan Nath, Project officer Ravindra Chowdary and Singareni officials participated in this program.

Speaking on this occasion the government officials said that the coal produced by Singareni will be helpful to meet the power needs of the country and Singareni will dig coal by being environment friendly and also take up some welfare activities in nearby villages as part of their corporate social responsibility.

Speaking on this occasion Singareni Advisor Mr. C.H. Vijayarao said that there will be no inconvenience due to the Naini coal block and coal production would be done with environment friendly methods, a coal washery will also be arranged near the mine and as part of the social responsibility many welfare activities would be undertaken for the people of nearby villages.  Sarpanchs, people’s representatives also participated in this program and extended their support for the Naini block.  This program was held successfully in partnership with Digital Kartography services.

Naini coal block would be a boon to Singareni

The Naini coal block to be started by Singareni at Orissa would be a boon for Singareni.  From the total of 340 million tonnes coal reserves of this block at a rate of 10 million tonnes per year coal would be produced for the next 38 years.  This mine which is spread across 912 hectares, 783 hectares is spread across forest land.  Out of the total 6 villages near the mine only 14 houses of one village needs to be relocated.  As per the government restrictions Singareni will compensate the effected houses.  Singareni will take up social responsibility activities worth rupees one crore 18 lakhs.  Borewells at 24 places, drinking water tanks, Motor driving and tailoring coaching for unemployed youth has been arranged.

Presently in the OC mines 6 to 7 cubic meters of OB has to be removed per ton of coal production but at Naini block open cast mine only 2.58 cubic meters of over burden needs to be removed.  The coal here is also of high quality.  G-10 grade coal is available here. Washery with a capacity of 80 lakh tonnes per year is also being arranged here.  Coal digging will be done through shovel dumper and surface minor system.  Nearly 1200 employees and another 1200 out source employees would be working in this open cast mine.  Since the cost of coal production is very less here this mine is expected to bring in huge revenue for Singareni.

Singareni GM and present Advisor Mr. C. H. Vijayarao who were taking care of the arrangements for this mine for the past 5 years said that from the time the Naini block was allotted by the central coal department till now company Chairman & MD Mr.N. Sridhar has put in special efforts to get all the required permissions, he personally came to the State Capital Bhuvaneshwar and met the Chief Minister and other officials and sought their cooperation.  Hence, the District collector and other officials extended their full cooperation with regard to the permissions of Naini Block and thanked them for their cooperation.

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