July 04, 2020
By, Dibyajit Sahu
Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) has embarked on three Ps- produce, procure and prevent to beat the fast-spreading contagion of Covid. The coal miner continuing with mining operations works in close coordination with the state authorities to fight the pandemic in Odisha.
Besides pushing their limits to ‘produce’ maximum coal to ensure an adequate supply of dry fuel to thermal power plants, the brave coal miners are also into sanitizing residential colonies and neighbouring areas to ‘prevent’ exposure to novel coronavirus.
MCL has set-up an internal CoViD-19 Taskforce with helplines covering all its coalfields and headquarters while working on mission mode to “procure” equipment to support Odisha government in the fight against the pandemic.
Coal mines are operational with local teams of brave coal miners taking all precautions by sanitizing premises, equipment and machinery with Sodium hypochloride by using hand-operated pumps.
MCL has provided around 29,000 masks to employees and contractors’ workers while 90,000 more are being procured for further distribution.
The company has also pressed in service state-of-the-art equipment “fog cannons”, to prevent the spread of the virus in residential colonies and nearby areas.
At least 164-bed quarantine families have been prepared by MCL in its hospitals in Jharsuguda, Angul and Sundergarh districts while 13 Rooms & two Halls in the new Girl’s Hostel at Sambalpur University, which was being constructed under MCL’s CSR, has been prepared for a 90-bedded COVID-19 Isolation Centre.
MCL Chairman-cum-Managing Director B N Shukla said, “At the time when the country is facing COVID-19 pandemic and threat from neighbouring countries, we are required to stay united in the interest of the nation.”
Fighting against COVID-19 pandemic, MCL has intensified sanitization operations in its residential colonies and peripheral villages in coalfields of Odisha.
All mining Areas of MCL, spread over in Angul, Jharsuguda and Sundergarh districts of the state, have launched sanitization operations in office premises as well as peripheral villages.
Besides manual sanitation in the townships and peripheral areas, the company has pressed into service ‘fog cannons’, fire tenders and even tractor-mounted tanker with pumps to sanitise townships and peripheral settlements.
With an internal task force headed by a General Manager-level officer and round the clock helplines at Corporate office and both Ib Valley and Talcher coalfields, MCL is diligently extending support to the local administration in the fight against coronavirus.
Coal India’s subsidiary has already distributed 29,000 masks to its employees and contractors’ workers engaged in coal mining while 90,000 are in the process of procurement for further distribution. The company has also distributed sanitizers among its workforce.