Three Newly coal mines in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh on 6 June 2020 were opened by Western Coalfields(WCL) which are having an annual production capacity of 2.9 million tonnes (MT). The Western Coalfield company will spend the amount of Rs.849 Crores on these projects which will be directly giving employment to 647 people. The mines were inaugurated by the union ministry of road transport and highways along with the union coal minister.
The three mines which WCL has opened are Adasa mine, an underground to open cast mine, in Nagpur area of Maharashtra, Dhankasa underground mine in Pench Area and Sharda underground mine in Kanhan Area of Madhya Pradesh. The Ministry has stated that annual coal production capacities of these mines would be Adasa mine 1.5 MT whereas both Dhankasa and Sharda mine have annual coal production capacities of 0.4 MT to 1 MT. The WCL has to produce 75 MT of coal by the end of FY 23-24. These mines will help the Government of Coal India to reach 1 billion tonnes of coal production by the FY 23-24.
WCL has also launched a surveillance system WCL EYE for monitoring its mining operation and a mobile application named SAMVAAD to connect with its employees and the stakeholders. The WCL EYE will monitor operations of 15 major mines which will enable the company to know the record of coal stocks and availability of coal at loading at railways sidings and ensuring them the accountability of it. Whereas the SAMVAAD will act as a platform for suggestions/valuable feedback from the shareholders if any query or issue is generated that will be reverted within the period of 7 days.