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Coal India converts 30 mined-out areas into eco-tourism destinations

CIL is in the process of converting its abandoned mines into eco-parks which have become popular as eco-tourism destinations

CIL is using new techniques like seed ball plantation, seed casting through drones and Miyawaki plantation in its various mines.Premium
CIL is using new techniques like seed ball plantation, seed casting through drones and Miyawaki plantation in its various mines.

NEW DELHI : Coal India Limited (CIL) has transformed 30 abandoned mining areas into eco-parks and eco-tourism destinations, providing a source of income for locals and boosting the region’s green cover. 

“Coal India Limited (CIL) is in the process of converting its abandoned mines into eco-parks which have become popular as eco-tourism destinations. These eco-parks and tourism sites are also proving to be a source of livelihood for local populace," the ministry of coal said in a statement.

“Thirty such eco-parks are already attracting steady footfalls and plans are afoot for creation of more eco parks and eco-restoration sites in CIL’s mining areas," it added.

Some of the popular destinations that provide further fillip to coal mine tourism include Gunjanpark, ECL, Gokul eco-cultural park, BCCL, Kenapara eco-tourism site and AnanyaVatika, SECL, Krishnashila eco restoration site and Mudwani eco-parks, NCL, Ananta medicinal garden, MCL, BalGangadhar Tilak eco park, WCL and Chandra Sekhar Azad eco park, CCL.

Similarly, the Mudwani eco-parks recently developed by NCL in Jayantarea of Singrauli, Madhya Pradesh has a landscaped water front and pathways. 

“In a remote place like Singrauli, where there isn’t much to see, the Mudwani eco-park is seeing a surge in visitors due to its beautiful landscape and other recreational facilities," said a visitor.

During 2022-23, CIL has already surpassed its annual plantation target of 1510 hectares by expanding its green cover to 1610 hectares. 

The company has planted over 30 lakh saplings in the current fiscal. In the last five fiscals till FY ‘22, 4392 hectares of greening inside the mine lease area has created a carbon sink potential of 2.2 LT/year.

CIL is also using new techniques like seed ball plantation, seed casting through drones and Miyawaki plantation in its various mines. Mined out areas, overburden dumps etc are concurrently reclaimed as soon as they get delinked from the active mining zones. 

Various species for biological reclamation is selected in consultation with central and state-aided expert agencies. Monitoring of land reclamation and restoration is being done through remote sensing and as of now around 33% area is under green cover.

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Published: 21 Feb 2023, 06:44 PM IST
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