Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd to expand Kulda mines
Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) has proposed to expand its coal production of Kulda open cast project (OCP) from 10 MTPA to 15 MTPA over 634.205 hectares (ha) under Basundhara-Garjanbahal (B-G) area in Hemgir block of Sundargarh district. Efforts are underway to set up a new coal mining project in the district, while MCL’s Jharsuguda-Sardega railway line project is nearing completion.
Sources said as per an estimate in April 2015, Ib Valley coalfield area of MCL spread over Jharsuguda and Sundargarh districts has coal reserve of about 24.83 billion tonnes, suitable for power generation. However, the projected demand in Ib Valley coalfield area by 2026-27 will be 120.56 tonnes against the existing capacity of 70.4 tonnes. The shortfall would be met through upcoming projects of the coalfield.
Jharsuguda-based Regional Officer of Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) Niranjan Mallick said the public hearing on the environmental impact of Kulda OCP’s expansion would be held at Bankibahal in Hemgir block on November 14.