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CMPDI boasts record drilling

Central Mine Planning and Design Institute (CMPDI), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited (CIL), has claimed to have achieved an all-time high record of drilling 6.98 lakh metres during 2013-14 financial year.

CMPDI chairman-cum-managing director A.K. Debnath, nevertheless, said the figures would have been better had it not been for lack of forest clearances and poor law and order situations.

Drilling is used in areas that have been selected for mining from geological, geophysical and/or geochemical point view. It is used to study rock types, mineral content, rock fabric and relationships between layers close to the surface and at depth.

“CMPDI couldn’t not carry out drilling in at least 2 lakh metres in want of the Union forest and environment ministry’s clearance for mining activities, besides law and order problems,” Debnath told mediapersons at his Ranchi office on Thursday.

When asked to elaborate, the CMD said drilling could not be done in 21 coal blocks spread across the country. While forest clearance held up work in 13 blocks, law and order problem came in the way in another eight blocks of which six were located in Rajmahal of Jharkhand.

Nonetheless, the just concluded financial year’s figure was 24 per cent better than the previous year’s 5.63 lakh metres, said Debnath, adding that CMPDI performed well in other fields of its activities as well.

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