Chairman of Coal India Limited S. Narsingh Rao on Sunday visited the Tetulmari Colliery of BCCL and reviewed the ecological restoration work that is being carried out on eight-hectares of mining wasteland. The restoration work is being carried out by the coal company with the help of Dehradun-based Forest Research Institute.
Rao, later in the day, also attended a review meeting of the BCCL at Koylabhavan and visited his alma mater Indian School of Mines where he was presented with the Basant Samman during a daylong alumni meet, Basant 2K13, of the association.
Sources said a host of senior BCCL officials, including chairman-cum-managing director T.K. Lahiry, director technical (operations) D.C. Jha, director technical (project and planning) A.K. Sarkar, director (finance) Amitabh Saha, general manager (co-ordination) A.K. Mitra, senior public relations officers R.R. Prasad and general manager (environment) E.V.R. Raju, accompanied Rao during his Tetulmari visit.
BCCLís general manager of Sijua, Subir Ghosh, along with a host of colliery managers welcomed the Coal India Limited chairman at the Sijua site and explained the nitty-gritty of the ecological restoration work that is being carried out as per an MoU between the company and Forest Research Institute, Dehradun.
As per the plan, nearly 4,000 saplings of plants like neem, semal, anjan grass and gotki had been planted on the wasteland since July 2011.
Speaking to reporters later, general manager (environment) Raju said the company was looking to achieve double-digit growth figures which presently hovered around the 8.5 per cent mark.
Rao accompanied by a host of BCCL officers, later also visited the Sijua Open Cast Mine.