India is the third-largest coal producing and mining country in the world. The country mined 602 million tonnes of coal in FY 2019-20 and reports suggest that it is on its way to mine excess of 700 million tonnes in the current fiscal year. While most other heavy industries have taken a big blow in production during the pandemic, coal production is on track, said Anil Jain, Coal Secretary of India, in a media report. The coal that’s produced in the country not only helps in reducing imports, but also powers 80% of electricity generation, which in turn powers the country with a population of 135 crore.
In India, Odisha contributes to the highest share of coal mining with more than 28% of the entire country’s coal resources coming from the state alone. Mining coal is one of the biggest industries in the state and helps in contributing to the GDP of the country. One of the major aspects in coal mining is the excavation, removal and logistics of the produce. One company that assists with the logistics and coal movement is Sainik Mining and Allied Services Limited (SMASL). The company pioneers in introducing new technologies like surface miners for eco-friendly selective coal mining in India and has presence in several states.
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SMASL has been engaged in coal mining activities since 1989 and contributed to 15.22% (92.24 million tonnes) of Coal India Limited’s mines – the country’s largest coal mining company – in FY 201920. The company reported a turnover of over Rs 15 billion, double of what the companyposted in FY 2013-14. According to Shaliendra Wahal, CEO (Talcher Operations), SMASL, “SMASL has been engaged mainly for operations like removal of overburden, extraction, transportation and loading of coal into railway wagons, mining activities and exploration in other minerals like lignite.”
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