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SHORT NOTES ON WESTERN COALFIELDS LTD

Western Coalfields Limited (WCL)

WCL is public sector undertaking company. WCL is one of the eight Subsidiary Companies of Coal India Limited. The company is under administrative control of Ministry of Coal. WCL is headed by a CMD & Mr. Manoj Kumar is the present Chairman-cum-Managing Director.

The Company in corporated in 1979 under the Companies Act, 1956 has its registered office at Coal Estate, Civil Lines, Nagpur. WCL has been conferred "Miniratna" status on 15th March'2007. The Company has contributed about 7.02% of the national coal production during 2015-16. 

It has mining operation spread over the states of Maharashtra (in Nagpur, Chandrapur & Yeotmal Districts) and Madhya Pradesh (in Betul and Chhindawara Districts).

The mines of Western Coalfields Limited are located in the State of Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. For effective administrative control and operations, the mines have been grouped in Ten (10) Areas, Nagpur Area, Kanhan Area, Majri Area, Pench, Area, Pathakhera Area, Wani North Area, Chandrapur Area, Wani Area, Ballarpur Area, & Umrer area.

 There are total 74 operating mines out of which 29 underground mines, 43 opencast mines & 02 mixed mines in these areas.

 The total production of the Western Coalfields limited stood at 50.28 MT (3.40 MT from UG & 46.87 MT from OC) during 2020-21. 

 The firm has set up 20 new coal projects of 40 MT per annum capacity since 2014-15. Western Coalfields Ltd has launched a roadmap to achieve beyond 75 million tonnes of output by FY 2023-24 as its contribution towards the ambitious 1 billion tonnes target of parent firm Coal India.

The Company is a major source of supplies of coal to the industries located in Western India in the States of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujrat and also in Southern India in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. 

Technology infusion in Underground Mines: For sustaining the current production levels and to achieve the targeted growth in the coming years, introduction of Continuous Miner (CM) at Chhattarpur– I Mine and scheme for introduction of CM has been approved for Tawa UG Mine.

Introduction of Man Riding: In order to eliminate long arduous travel, fatigue and to improve the efficiency of workmen in UG mines, 15 Man Riding Systems have been installed in 14 UG mines. Installation of 3 Man Riding System is underway at Tawa-II UG, Murpar UG and Silewara UG.

WCL has received 7th Annual CSR INDIA 2020 Award in category of Promotion of Health And Healthcare organised by Greentech Foundation on 1st October, 2020

The Company also generated 1029780 KWh of Solar power during 2020-21 from 19 numbers of solar power system installed at various Areas of WCL. Further, erection of Solar Power Panel of 500 KWp was completed during the financial year 2020-21.

The company was adjudged 2nd in Corporate Safety Award category conferred during CIL foundation day function held on 1st November, 2020, at CIL, Kolkata. 

New Initiatives:The Company has taken a major step towards Diversification and creating business verticals for boosting the top line through “Sand from Over burden Project”. The new commercial plant with capacity of 2000 cubic meter per day has been commissioned at Gondegaon Mines, Nagpur Area. Two more ‘Sand from OB Plants’ are under pipeline for construction at Chandrapur and Ballarpur Area.

MUDRA (Monetization of Unutilized Dump and Residual Assets): In pursuits for utilizing the land which have remained unused (as well as not likely to be used in future) along with stabilized external OB dumps & residual assets gainfully, an replica watches initiative christened as MUDRA was launched on 15th March 2021.MUDRA is a hybrid model for achieving Sustainable development goals ( SDG) besides generating sustainable revenue for the Company. 

Mission SEHAT: An unique endeavour “SEHAT” was launched on 26th January 2021, for further improvement in quality of life of the Coal Warriors and their families.

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