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Open-cast mining inevitable: KCR
Retracting from the stand of the TRS party that it was opposed to open-cast mining, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Thursday stated that open-cast mining was inevitable.
Hyderabad: Retracting from the stand of the TRS party that it was opposed to open-cast mining, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Thursday stated that open-cast mining was inevitable.
The Chief Minister was reacting to the demand of the Opposition parties in the state Assembly which asked him to keep the promise the TRS had made during the agitation for separate Telangana.
They said KCR had then stated that after coming to power TRS would stop open-cast mining as it was turning acres of lands into cemeteries and would cause job loss as machines would be used on a large scale.
However, the Chief Minister said without open-cast mining the existence of Singareni would not be possible and that the government would open 20 more open-cast mines and eleven underground mines in next five years.
He said Singareni has 46 mines, of which, 30 are underground and 16 are open cast mines. In 2015-16, about 600 lakh tonnes of coal was produced of which 497 lakh tonnes was from open cast and 106 lakh tonnes was from the underground mines.
Stating that the underground mining was incurring losses, the Chief Minister said that there was a need to cross subsidise with the help of open-cast mining.
He said that the dependent jobs would be provided to the kin of the retired employees and government would consider implementing the decision with retrospective effect if there were no legal problems.
KCR said that Singareni was a major source of employment and 11,600 new jobs would be created in the mining company.
The management of Singareni would be directed to examine case by case the issues of dismissed employees.