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Coal Secretary visits Talcher Coalfields of MCL

 Union Coal Secretary Susheel Kumar today visited Talcher Coalfields, country’s largest dry fuel reserve in Odisha, and took stock of situation in coal mining operations of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL).

MCL Chairman-cum-Managing Director AK Jha received Kumar on his arrival at Bhubaneswar Airport early today. The Secretary was also accompanied by his wife Poonam Kumar, who was received by Dr Nisha Thakur, first lady of MCL and president of Jagriti Mahila Mandal.

Kumar, who was on his maiden visit to Odisha as Coal Secretary, visited MCL’s biggest coal mining project Bhubaneshwari OCP (open cast project) -- the third biggest coal mine in the country producing 25 million tonne per annum --, Ananta OCP and Jagannath OCP, where he was briefed on mining conditions and project plan.

The Coal Secretary also had a brief interaction with MCL Director (Technical/Operations) JP Singh, Director (Finance) KK Parida, Director (Personnel) LN Mishra, Director (Technical/Projects and Planning) OP Singh, Director and Chief Vigilance Officer Munawar Khursheed before visiting mines in Talcher.

Poonam Kumar unveiled the statues of former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, and Swami Vivekananda at MCL DAV School, in the presence of Jagriti Mahila Mandal president Dr Nisha Thakur, vice-presidents Madhoo Mishra and Padamja Singh along with president of Annaya Mahila Mandal Sushila Gupta. Poonam Kumar also interacted with special children of Nakul Chandra Special School for Blind, Deaf and Dumb, Talcher.

MCL, which is building a 500-bed state-of-the-art medial institute in Talcher at an investment of Rs 492 crore, had opened a 21-kms-long dedicated coal corridor for coal carrying vehicles, reducing substantially the impact of air pollution due to dust in the peripheral residential areas.


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