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CM Uddhav Thackeray inaugurates coal mine, calls for low pollution

The coal mines should have a specific life span and it should be closed to ensure that there is no harm to the environment, Thackeray said.

CM Uddhav Thackeray inaugurates coal mine, calls for low pollution
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A day after World Environment Day, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday inaugurated the Western coalfields’ Adasa coal mine near Nagpur. Thackeray highlighted that such mines should be utilised properly with a focus on lowering pollution levels and it should be environment friendly. 

The Chief Minister inaugurated the Western Coalfields’ Limited (WCL) coal mine via video conferencing and was joined by Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Prahlad Joshi. Of the three coal mines of WCL, two of them are in Madhya Pradesh and one in Maharashtra. 

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also inaugurated the two underground coal mines today in Sharda and Dhankasa which have incurred a total capital expenditure of ₹849 crores. 

The Adasa coal mine in Nagpur will entail a total capital expenditure of ₹335 crores and will produce 1.5 million tonnes of coal, CMO Maharashtra said while adding that the mine is expected to be functional this year. 

While speaking online during the inauguration, Thackeray said the problems of power shortage in the country could end, especially for farmers in rural areas, if the quality coal is produced. India still imports coal despite ranking fourth globally in term of the number of coal mines, he said. 

Under the ‘Mission Begin Again’, starting the mine was an important step as it would provide jobs to about 550 people. The officials informed that ₹11,500 crore investment will be made to open 14 coal mines in Maharashtra and it will provide jobs to 13,000 people in the coming four years.

The Chief Minister said that the woes of farmers also need an address and the coal mines could provide them with uninterrupted power supply at a lower cost. The coal mines should have a specific life span and it should be closed to ensure that there is no harm to the environment. 

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