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MCL supports 61 more Sambalpur farmers under CSR programme

Mahanadi Coalfields (MCL) has extended a helping hand towards 61 under-privileged farmers in Odisha’s Sambalpur, raising the total number of peasants sponsored by it to 378 in the district, to enable them water their crop timely and reap a good harvest.

MCL, a leading coal mining CPSU and a subsidiary of Coal India Ltd, has sponsored 61 more below poverty line (BPL) SC and ST farmers of Bamra, Jamankira and Kuchinda blocks of Sambalpur to avail Deep Borewell Secha Karyakrama Scheme of Odisha government and have own bore-well in their fields.

With these 61 beneficiaries, total number of under-privileged farmers sponsored by MCL to avail government scheme has gone up to 378 in Sambalpur district, a company statement said today.

The State government has a scheme under which an SC/ST BPL farmer can have their own deep borewell on making subsidised payment of Rs 9,000. However, many farmers in the district could not avail this scheme due to their low income.

The district administration took an initiative to identify such under-privileged farmers and requested MCL to sponsor them for the Deep Borewell Secha Karyakrama Scheme so that they can also prosper and contribute towards economic growth, it said.

State government’s executing agency, Odisha Lift Irrigation Corporation (OLIC), has a plan to provide deep borewells to these beneficiaries by April this year.

“Being a farmer means shaking hand with Mother Nature every day and contributing towards strengthening these hands is always an honour,” said MCL’s Director (Personnel) L N Mishra, who heads the empowered CSR Committee of the company.

Farmers are the mainstay of nation’s economy and supporting agrarian segment of the society is one such area MCL is keen to work for, he said, asserting that positive change at the grass root level can ensure development.

Besides ensuring uninterrupted supply of coal to the power plants, MCL has been contributing through its popular CSR activities towards infrastructure and socio-economic development of under-privileged segments of the society, particularly in peripheral areas under its command.

A Rs 25 crore State-of-the-art Sports Stadium in Sambalpur, Rs 8.62 crore Burla water scheme, Rs 5 crore rope-way connecting Gandhi Minar at Hirakud, hostels to VSSUT and Sambalpur University to help students of far-flung areas get higher education, first electric crematorium of western Odisha at Sambalpur, setting-up a medical college at a cost of Rs 492 crore and Rs 30 crore cardiac hospital in Jharsuguda and running two nursing schools are among the long list of company’s CSR activities.

Jharsuguda-Barpali rail line by June 2016

Optimistic of completion of the first phase of crucial Jharsuguda-Barpali railway line by June, 2016, the centre on Thursday said it had not rejected Odisha government’s application seeking Chhendipada coal blocks for the state PSUs.
“I am happy to inform that Jharsuguda-Barpali rail line which is one of the three major railway lines for evacuation of coal in the country, has progressed well. The first phase single line of Jharsuguda-Barpali line will be completed by June 2016,” union coal secretary Anil Swarup told reporters here.

Swarup was here to discuss the progress of 11 coal mines of Mahanadi Coalfield Limited (MCL). He said completion of the Jharsuguda-Barpali railway line would ensure evacuation of about 20 million tonnes of coal from the pit head to power plants located in other places.

“As MCL has already made a record by producing 120 million tonnes of coal last year and targets 150 million tonnes production this year, the importance of the new railway line is very important,” Swarup said adding coal availability is not a problem now, but there is challenge in evacuation of the dry fuel from pit head.

While giving adequate stress on coal evacuation system Swarup said the country has generated 494 million tonnes of coal this year which is 32 million tonne from the previous year. This year also the target is about 12 per cent more.

On state government’s efforts to expedite coal production, Swarup said the state administration have been very positive. The Chief Secretary has directed officials to complete works within specific time line.

To a question, the Union Coal Secretary said Centre has not rejected any application of the state government to avail Chendipada coal blocks. “Let me clarify, the centre has not rejected any proposal of the state government. We have certain process for the coal block allocation. We will consider the case of Odisha in next round of allocation of coal blocks under due procedure,” Swarup said.

To another query, Swarup said Odisha government would earn about Rs.45,000 crore over a period of 25 to 30 years from the coal blocks located in the state.

Nation first Solar Power Plant of 2MW capacity by MCL

Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL), a CPSE and subsidiary of Coal India Limited, (on Monday October 13, 2014) dedicated to the nation its first Solar Power Plant of 2MW capacity at its headquarters complex Anand Vihar here in Odisha.

Mr S K Srivastava, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Coal, Government of India, formally commissioned the project in the presence of Mr A N Sahay, Chairman-cum-Managing Director, MCL. Mr A K Tiwari, Director (Technical/Operations), Mr Deepak Srivastava, IFS, CVO, Mr J P Singh, Director (Technical/Projects & Planning), Mr P C Panigrahi, Director (Personnel) and Mr K K Parida, Director (Finance) were also present among the senior officers present on the occasion.

Spread over in 8 acres of barren land in Anand Vihar complex of MCL Headquarters, this solar power project has been set-up at the cost of Rs 13.54 crore. This plant is expected to reduce the electricity bill of the company by Rs 1.11 crore per year. The power generated by the MCL Solar Plant will feed the existing 11KV grid of WESCO, Odisha state’s transmission utility. Mr Srivastava and Mr Sahay, along with the Functional Directors and CVO, also planted saplings to mark the successful beginning of the company in the field of power production and green energy.

Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd moves SC over mine closure

 Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) moved the Supreme Court on Tuesday seeking a stay on the order of the state mining department asking it to close down six of its coal mines for not having environment clearance. Coal production has come to a standstill in these mines from Saturday after the company closed those after getting the notice.

“Out of the six mines, five are underground ones. Since we are a nationalized company, we follow all government guidelines. So we have no other option but to close down all six coal mines at Orient area in Jharsuguda’s Belpahar after receiving the closure notice from the deputy director of mines. However, we have moved the apex court because we have already completed all formalities as per guidelines,” a senior official of MCL said on Tuesday.

According to him, the company is hopeful to get the stay as it is not at fault. “We have already applied for clearance fulfilling all formalities but the application is pending with the department concerned since a long time,” he said. He said earlier the apex court had directed the government to expedite the case submitted to the principal chief conservator of forests and forwarding the same to the ministry of environment and forests for stage-1 clearance.

A MCL release said the company is losing huge revenue because of closure as the company produces coal to the tune 4,000 to 5,000 tonnes a day from these coal mines. “This is not the question of loss. But 5,000 workers are sitting idle because of no work. If this continues for few days, then the workers will be morally down,” the PRO of the company, Dikken Mehra said.

The closure of the coal mines has affected the supply of coal to the thermal power stations leading to power crisis in the state. NTPC, OPGC and NALCO are facing difficulties in getting coal after the closure of the mines.

CBI raided the office of GM of the MCL in Sambalpur

Ten teams of the CBI on Wednesday raided houses and offices of seven officials of the Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) in different places of state, including Dhori area of Bermo subdivision, Ramgarh and Dhanbad districts, in connection with investigation related to coal shortage scam of Rs 200 crore.

A CBI team has also raided the office of general manager of the Mahanadi Coalfield Limited U S Singh in Sambalpur district of Odisha, who was earlier posted in CCL, Dhori. The raids were conducted in three cases related to coal shortage in the CCL Dhori area in 2011 January. The CCL vigilance has also busted the scam earlier, said SP CBI Dhanbad P K Manjhi.

Besides Singh, other six officers are A K Choudhary, Virender Singh, S K Singh, D K Jha, Satyajit Kumar and R K Dubna. The CBI has conducted raids at office and house of Jha in Dhanbad. The other team simultaneously conducted raids at residence and office of Dubna in Badkishyal and Satyajit Kumar at Barkakana. All these six officials were posted as manager and project officer in Dhori project of the CCL in 2011 when the irregularities took place.

“There was coal shortage of about 40 to 66% of the overall production in the project, loss of which is assessed to be about Rs 200 crore. Of the three mines of the CCL Dhori, there was shortage of 66.54% coal in Tarmi, 60.44% in Amlo and 44.27% in Kalayani coalfields,” said Manjhi. Sources said the coal shortage was about 13 lakh tones which is one of the biggest scam in the CCL.

The CBI sleuths have recovered several documents related to the case from the residences and offices of the officers. The raids began in the morning and ended in evening at almost all the places. However, the search at Singh’s office in Sambalpur began late and raid continued till late evening “The CBI has taken up the case on a tip off. No arrest has been made but the CBI can also lodge disproportionate assets (DA) case against the officers in this connection,” said Manjhi.