Fix AC units to quarters, SCCL workers demand
Extreme heat both outside and inside the coal mines in every summer makes the workers of Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) fall sick. The...
Kothagudem: Extreme heat both outside and inside the coal mines in every summer makes the workers of Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) fall sick. The workers have no air conditioner facility in their quarters, which makes them suffer most during summer.
Union leaders and workers appealed the management to provide air conditioners in the quarters. The issue was raised during the union elections held last year and Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao promised to provide the facility to the workers. The TRS supported Telangana Boggu Ghani Karmika Sangham (TBGKS), which won the election but forgot to implement the promise.
After the elections, the SCCL management released a circular in last December, directing all the departments to provide power connection and other arrangements to fix air conditioners in the workers’ quarters. It was clearly mentioned in the circular to complete the arrangements before the advent of the summer season this year.
The Managment decided to fix air conditioners to 8,000 quarters in the first phase, out of the total 35,000 quarters in all Singareni areas. Four months passed after the circular, but nothing was done so far. Summer season started and two months were already over. With high temperatures and hot winds during March and April months, people are worried about May, expecting more hot weather.
As per records, 45 to 48 degree C temperature was recorded in coal mine areas in March and April months. It was expected to reach 50 degree C in May. The worried workers were alleging that fixing air conditioners was nothing but a election drama.
Speaking to The Hans India, Singareni Workers Union branch secretary and AITUC central committee leader Vanga Venkat lamented that the workers are getting many health problems due to extreme heat conditions inside the mines and also outside and in their houses in summer.
He appealed the State government and SCCL managment to implement their promise of providing air conditioners to all workers. Venkat appealed the SCCL mangement to change the working hours in the open cast and under mines in view of the hot weather.