Singareni is TS pride; open-cast mining will continue: CM

Hyderabad: Stating that Singareni Collieries is a “pride of Telangana”, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has made it clear that open-cast mining in Singareni Collieries will continue despite protests by the political parties.

Speaking during a short discussion on Singareni Collieries in the Assembly on Thursday, the Chief Minister said there are 46 mines, including 30 underground and 16 opencast. International coal companies and Coal India Limited are favoring open-cast mining for the survival of the coal mines, he said. The government was formulating a comprehensive policy to address the environmental and pollution problem at the coal mines, he announced. “We have restored the long pending problems of 18 years and now taking all steps to provide dependant jobs to the workers”, he maintained.

“In 1998, the then government cancelled the dependant jobs scheme and we are reviving it to keep the election promise and help them work in rejuvenation”, KCR said, adding that long cherished dream of workers is coming true with the State government agreeing to offer them dependant jobs.

Giving a statement in the Assembly, the Chief Minister appreciated the unrelenting efforts of the workers, who are toiling like soldiers protecting borders for the nation.  The Singareni development led to the development of Telangana economy and giving boost to power sector and industries by producing the coal. The working class, which is mining “black gold” are content and happy as the dependant jobs are revived, he claimed. Telangana districts, including Komaram Bhim Asifabad, Mancherial, Peddapalli, Jayashankar Bhupalapally, Bhadradri Kothagudem, Khammam and Godavari riparian areas have abundant black gold reserves of 10,528 million tons that can be excavated for another 100 years despite mining 12,49 million tons of black gold so far.

The Singareni Collieries has been doing a great job by giving boost to the State economy, electricity production, industrial growth and providing jobs to thousands of youth. Of 600 lakh tons coal being produced every year, Singareni was using 78.71 per cent for thermal power, helping thermal power plants in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and supplying coal to sponge iron, cement, fertilizers and pharma companies. The process has been started and applications are being received from January 1, he said and opined that the dependants can serve the collieries for another generation by involving themselves in mining activity.

To expand its activities abroad, Singareni team has already made trips to a few nations, including Australia, America, South Africa, China, Indonesia, Germany, France, England and Canada and about 13 world noted companies are evincing keen interest to have a tie-up with it,” he said. “To ensure job protection to the workers and giving jobs to their dependants as per norms, we are providing them other facilities of roads, infrastructure, health and gym”, he added. –NSS

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