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Shortage of safety tech in Coal India mines

Shortage of safety tech in Coal India mines
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First Published: Wed, Feb 23 2011. 12 45 PM IST
Updated: Wed, Feb 23 2011. 12 45 PM IST
Kolkata: The outgoing chairman of Coal India Ltd (CIL), Partha S. Bhattacharyya on Wednesday regretted that safety standards at mines have not improved over the last four or five years due to lack of technology.
“We have not been able to improve mine safety standards in the last four or five years due to lack of technology,” Partha Bhattacharyya said.
CIL had searched for appropriate technology at Indian and overseas institutes and universities, but found that technology more advanced than what is already in use did not exist, he told reporters in the West Bengal capital.
“We are ready to spend any amount. CIL had approached IIT Kharagpur and Jadavpur University for developing some technology,” he said, adding that some work has progressed.
However, Bhattacharyya did note that CIL has adopted the same practices used in Australian mines, where safety standards are considered to be the best in the world.
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First Published: Wed, Feb 23 2011. 12 45 PM IST