The Indian Navy has tweeted that the body of one Meghalaya miner has been found 160-foot-deep in the rat hole mine where 15 miners were stuck since December 13.
The mining accident in Meghalaya, where 15 coal diggers are missing since December 13, has brought to the fore how inextricably important coal is to the people and lawmakers of the state.
The Meghalaya government has decided to rein in illegal coal mines across the mining districts by forming joint teams of the police, mining and geology and transport departments.
The Indian government is in talks with India-born Australian scientist Veena Sahajwalla of the University of New South Wales to bring in green technology to make steel, which could reduce coal use.
Indian energy giant Adani announced on Thursday that it will self-finance its controversial coal mine in Australia.
A reduction in the import of coking coal is a challenge before the country’s steel players in meeting the target production of 300 million tonnes by 2030-31.
Higher sales and a better realisation have powered the earnings of Coal India for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. The consolidated net profit of the public sector miner for the quarter was Rs 3,084.70 crore against Rs 370.43 crore in the corresponding quarter previous year.
The Supreme Court will conduct a final hearing on issues related to coal mining in Meghalaya on December 4. It deferred its order regarding pleas for allowing transportation of extracted and assessed coal.
Meghalaya police detected at least 17 trucks which were illegally transporting coal in violation of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) orders, in the first week of this month.
Coal India has more than halved its inventory at pitheads by pushing coal to the power plants. The public sector miner has liquidated 34.34 million tones (mt) of pithead coal between April and September bringing down the stock from 55.55mt at the start of the fiscal to 21.21mt as of September end.