Sambalpur: Mr Bhola Nath Shukla today took over the charge of Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD), Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL), a leading subsidiay of Coal India Limited.
Mr Shukla, who was received by Mr O P Singh, Director (Technical/Operations) in the presence of Mr L N Mishra, Senior Advisor, General Managers/HoDs and Union Representatives and a large number of employees, inspected the Guard of Honour on his arrival at company headquarters.
Having a distinguished career of 37 years in coal industry, Mr Shukla was Director (Technical) at Ranchi (Jharkhand)-headquartered sister subsidiary Central Mine Planning and Design Institute Ltd (CMPDI), before taking over the charge of MCL.
A mining engineering graduate from IIT (BHU) and M.Tech in Opencast Mining from IIT (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad, Mr Shukla is credited for introduction of innovative technologies into coal mining.
During his earlier stint at MCL, Mr Shukla had held appointments in the coalfields as well as at the headquarters. While serving as Area General Manager of Hingula and Bharatpur areas in the Talcher coalfields, he had successfully managed rehabilitation and resettlement issues, leading the units to a new growth trajectory.
As a General Manager (Corporate Planning & Projects), Mr Shukla was instrumental in company’s new initiatives into energy sector and infrastructure development for coal mining and despatch.
Creation of Mahanadi Basin Power Limited (MBPL) company for pithead Super Critical Thermal Power Plant (2 x 800 MW), fillip to the work at Jharsugda-Barapalli rail link, diversification into solar, port and power transmission, evolved as new areas of growth of company as a “total energy solution provider”.
Earlier, Mr Shukla was also the Director (Technical)/Coal Resource Development), CMPDI and Director (Technical), Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL), Asansol (West Bengal).
Besides his technical acumen and having presented several technical papers, Mr Shukla was also into adventures sports and had cycled from Varanasi to Kathmandu (Nepal).
MCL, which produced 144 million tonne during the year 2018-19, is targeting 167 million tonne coal production during the current fiscal.