ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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COAL MINES-Mechanisation for Whom

tonnes mark due to certain geological constraints not 'foreseen' during the prospecting and project preparation stage. The result was underutilisation of capacity by the ore handling plant. According to the Plant Manager, the main reason for these 'unforeseen geological constraints' was inadequate prospecting to determine the deposit. As a result, manual mining was introduced and from a mere subsidiary operation it became dominant in 1975 with its production exceeding mechanised production. With the commencement of operations at Bailadilla- 5, manual mining was terminated and about 8,000 workers were retrenched. Continuing manual mining was not even considered because of the huge machinery and the retrenchment compensation was marginal.

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