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Dhanbad power facilities, Bokaro hospitals gear up for cyclone Yaas

All necessary equipment kept ready, control rooms set up in several areas
Cloud maundering over the Open Cast Mines in Kusunda colliery of BCCL Area- VI  in Dhanbad on Tuesday.
Cloud maundering over the Open Cast Mines in Kusunda colliery of BCCL Area- VI in Dhanbad on Tuesday.
Picture by Gautam Dey

Our Bureau   |   Dhanbad, Bokaro   |   Published 25.05.21, 09:04 PM

Intended at avoiding any incident of loss of life or property due to inundation in collieries due to impact of heavy rains during cyclone Yaas, Dhanbad based coal major, Bharat Bharat Coking Coal Limited has issued an alert in all its 12 operational areas.

Barora, Block II, Govindpur,  Katras, Sijua, Kusuada, Putki Baliari, Bastacoal, Lodna, Eastern Jharia, Chanch Victoria and Western Jharia have been alerted by BCCL in this regard.


Area level local control rooms have been set up in every area while a headquarter level control room is operational to keep close watch on the rain situation. The entry of workers in the underground mines has been prohibited for May 26 and 27 . Coal production will take place primarily from open cast mines having lesser possibility of inundation.

This apart, motor pumps in all areas have been kept ready to drain out water from the mines during inundation.

Talking to The Telegraph Online today, General Manager Safety of BCCL, Dr. AK Singh, said, “We are fully prepared to meet with any exigency and area-level committees have been entrusted with the task of monitoring the situation in all the collieries. We have also received instruction in this regard from the Coal India administration.” 

BCCL at present has around 48 mines active spread over its 12 operational areas and several motors continuously work in each of mine to drain out the water in the mines on a regular basis as water percolates the adjoining areas in the underground mines even during the general days.

Meanwhile, Damodar Valley Corporation, a Public Sector enterprise engaged in thermal and hydel power production through its various power plants situated across, Dhanbad, Bokaro and Bengal has also made extensive preparations to avoid any disruption of electricity generation due to the impact of rain and storm and during the cyclone.

Talking to The Telegraph Online on Tuesday, Apurba Saha, Public Relation Officer of DVC said, “We are prepared for flood control as well as electricity generation as all leaves to employees of the electricity generation wing have been cancelled. Equipment has been kept in ready condition to carry repair work  during any damage of towers.”

Meanwhile, Dhanbad Deputy Commissioner on Tuesday held a meeting for the second consecutive day to take stock of preparation ahead of the cyclone.

He also instructed the officials to ensure alternative power supply arrangements to covid hospitals in view of any disruption of power supply in order to avoid any difficulty in Covid treatment work.

Bokaro hospitals gear up

The Bokaro administration has issued instructions to all the private and government hospitals to remain alert with power backup and other emergencies, life-saving drugs and equipment in view of the impending cyclone. 

Deputy Commissioner Rajesh Singh on Tuesday alerted Bokaro General Hospital (BGH), Sadar Hospital, Community Health Centres and all the private hospitals so that patients do not face problems.

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