Department of Geology and Mining organized a two day training programme on basic coal mining method and safety measures at Geology and Mining office conference hall, Dimapur on Tuesday with Director, Geology and Mining, H K Chishi delivering the inaugural address. The programme was attended by nearly fifty participants representing various coal mining companies and villages.
Speaking on the occasion, the director pointed out that it was the first time such kind of training was being organized in the state. He stated that the government had lost huge revenue due to unsystematic and unscientific mining within the last many years. “Many minerals as well as lives have been lost due to mining incidents” he added.
H K Chishi stated that government advocates judicious use of mineral resources which can be mined using systematic and scientific method. The director also informed that out of hundred percent nearly eighty to ninety percent of the minerals were lost due to unscientific method of mining. “You do your own business but follow the guidelines” he told the participants.
The director pointed out that mineral resource was the only hope for the state’s economy and informed that twenty six people have been given Coal Prospective License (CPL) while one person was given mining lease by the department. The director later urged the participants to properly plan out mining activities, judiciously use the minerals and understand the impact on the environment due to it.
Geologist, Mar Imchen gave a presentation on the topic “Coal occurrences and its economic utilization in Nagaland”. Through the presentation, he informed that the first coal mining in Nagaland was taken up by Shaw Wallace under the name Nazira Coal Company in the year 1914. Imchen also informed that the total rough estimate of coal reserve in the state was 315.14 million tonnes. The coal found in Nagaland has high percentage of sulphur, low ash, high calorific value and low caking index, he added. He also informed that the coal found in Nagaland was bituminous to sub bituminous.
The resource person for the technical session on the topic Nagaland Coal Mining Policy & Coal Mining Rule, 2006 was joint director (M) Er R Nakhro, Basic Coal Mining Method & Safety Measures by Mining Engineer, Tsuknung Jamir while the topic Environmental Hazards and management measures in mines was delivered by OSD (G& M), Kohima, O K Temjen.