Bhubaneswar: In a major development, Union Coal and Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi along with Minister of State for Coal and Mines Raosaheb Patil Danve visited the Paradip Port Trust (PPT) and Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL)’s Hingula area today, where the minister reviewed various developmental activities and projects as well as
directed the officials to fully utilise the port facilities to increase coal transportation through the sea route and asked officials to explore possibilities of using Paradip port as a coal hub.
Besides, the union minister also visited the site of Rail Receival System near Paradip port wherein coal is unloaded with the help of wagon-tipplers and said that this system of unloading is efficient, helps in saving time and demurrage charges, while also reducing the spread of coal dust.
Similarly, has also laid the foundation stone of Shramik Gaurav Jal Udyan near Balram opencast project. “Established beside the beautiful lake which is built over reclaimed land of a coal mine, this site has potential to be developed as a major tourist spot,” stated the minister.
Further, the coal minister visited Balram opencast project site in Hingula area of MCL. With an annual capacity of 8 MT, this mine is operated by an all-women crew for mine blasting work, the minister said. He also interacted with officials and motivated on-ground workers for increasing coal production and dispatch.