Published On : Sat, Aug 16th, 2014

Dangerous Digging : Workers risk lives at WCL mines; top officials in deep slumber

Dangerous digging, workers risk lives at WCL mines, top officials in deep slumber in Nagpur News Today

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Putting the lives of miners at stake while blatantly ignoring the rules of mining, Western Coalfiled Limited (WCL) officials are allegedly being involved in certain illegal mining of coal reportedly for their own benefits. With every pocket getting sufficient amount to keep them shut, it seems even the WCL Vigilance team have turned Nelson’s eye towards the wrongdoing of the officials.

Being the production company, as it is, contractors have been exploiting the mines for their benefits and mining is continued even after straight directions from DGMS that those mines are not safe anymore. Bhadrawati area in Chandrapur district has similar such mines.

Rejected dumpers still in use

In the clear directives from Dhurvasa Open Cast Mines, 10 dumpers were put out of order a month ago. But, keeping the rules of DGMS rules at stake, the 10 selected dumpers are still being used in the mines. It is to be mentioned that land slide had taken place in the same mines, one-and-a-half month and thus DGMS had directed the officials to stop the extraction work. However, the extraction work is still in progress, again for the personal benefits.

6 shifts in 24 hours

Sources informed that miners in Telwasa Open Cast Mines are working in 6 shifts whereas the rules clearly mentions that workers should work only in 8-8 hours in 3 shift in 24 hours. But, contractors from Telwasa Open Cast Mines are exploiting the workers with 6 shifts in 24 hours.

Miner dies in accident

A grader operator died in an accident on Saturday morning when he was operating the grader with no brakes in it. The accident took place in New Kunada WCL mines. The deceased has been identified as B Yadav. Sources said that Yadav was operating the grader when he lost control and the grader fell into the 100 meter deep water tank. Sources said that the operator died on the spot. Rescue team is trying to fish out Yadav’s body and the grader.

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