Hyderabad: Director Operations, Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL), S Chandrashekhar, has called upon the experts in the field of coal mining to utilise latest technology that is being used to increase coal production to also use to protect the coal miners who work in precarious conditions. He gave this call at a week-long online faculty conference organised by Malla Reddy Engineering College here on Monday.
The conference discussed issues related with the slopes that form when the mines are dug in open cast mines that have to be stabilised so that they would not crumble putting the coal miners’ lives into trouble. “Singareni is taking care of such slopes and dumps. We are the only coal company in the country that has acquired Lidar which stands for Light Detection and Ranging, a remote-sensing method that uses light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure ranges (variable distances) to the Earth,” he said.
He further said that the SCCL is also using e-modules such as Mine X, in the management of slopes and dumps. He said that the Singareni also uses computer mapping to assist the miners in how to proceed with the mining process without risking their lives. “The procedures that we implement have been successful, as we at Singareni give utmost priority to security of our personnel,” he said.
Deputy Director Mines Safety (South Central Zone) Malay Tikadar attributed at least ten per cent of the mining mishaps to improper stabilisation. He said that mine safety has gained much more importance as several private companies are also entering into the sector.
Deputy Director Mines Safety Mohammad Niazi and experts from ITI Dhanbad, NIT Rourkela, JNTU (Hyderabad) and JCB IT, Kothagudem Polytechnic College also spoke on the subject.
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