The Neyveli Lignite Corporation has set up new facilities such as a sub-station and pump repair yard and a security office for the Central Industrial Security Force, on its premises at a cost of Rs.34 crore.
Chairman-cum-Managing Director A.R. Ansari inaugurated the facilities on Wednesday.
NLC sources said the 33/11 kv sub-station set up at a cost of Rs.7.08 crore would supply electricity to the utilities and offices located at the briquetting and carbonization plant site.
It would also cater to the requirements of construction works to be carried out for setting up a 1,000-MW thermal power station. The sources further said the existing field machinery yard and the pump repair yard had to be moved from the Mine I site to prospect for lignite.
As the mining operations were spreading westward, all these facilities ought to be shifted elsewhere and this was being done. For instance, the new pumping station was set up near Mine II on 23,000 sq.ft building constructed at a cost of Rs.4.59 crore.
The sources noted that the NLC was operating 280 major pumping devices, each costing Rs.30 lakh, in the mines and at other departments. Therefore, a pump repair yard had become essential.
The NLC had also set up a field machinery yard mechanical services division on 58,000 sq.ft building at a cost of Rs.10.3 crore. It would attend to repair works on heavy machinery and water sprayers.
The fitness certificate division and the internal combustion engine division too had been set up at a cost of Rs.3.67 crore and Rs.1.52 crore. Further, construction works at a total cost of Rs.7 crore on administrative block, stores, CISF security office and canteen too had been taken up. The work on the security office and canteen was completed.
Those present on the occasion included NLC Directors B. Surender Mohan (Mines), R. Kandasmy (Planning and Projects) J. Mahil Selvan (Power) and Sarat Kumar Acharya (Human Resources).