Venkateshkhani underground mine (VK7 incline), one of the oldest underground mines of Singareni Collieries Company Ltd (SCCL) in Kothagudem, is all set to introduce air-conditioned system in its Continuous Miner Panel (CMP).
The new initiative assumes significance in the light of the ambitious plans of the company to extract coal resources from greater depths under conducive and safe working conditions for the coal miners. Incidentally, VK7 incline already achieved the distinction of introducing the continuous coal miner technology for the first time in the SSCL.
The SCCL officials disclosed the new initiatives of the company, including its proposed move to commission air-condition system in CMP of VK7 incline to Government Chief Whip Mallu Bhatti Vikramarka who visited the underground mine on Thursday. Mr Vikramarka made an on-the-spot assessment of the working conditions of the coalminers in the VK7 incline.
He examined the continuous coal miner technology which is engaged in coal extraction at a depth of about 400 meters inside the mine and elicited the feedback of the miners on the provision of amenities.
The officials apprised him of the necessity of air-conditioned mine to overcome the challenges like increase in temperature during the exploration of coal resources in deeper depths and smooth extraction of coal without any hassles.
SCCL Director (Operations) J. V. Dattatreyulu, Kothagudem area general manager Ch. Vijaya Rao and others accompanied Mr Vikramarka. Later, speaking to media persons Mr. Vikramarka said he received a positive feedback from the coalminers. “There is still scope for enhancing the amenities for coalminers who are engaged in a crucial task of coal production,” he said.