Kothagudem: After a 51-day break due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown, workers returned and resumed operations in the underground mines of Singareni Collieries Corporation Company Limited (SCCL) on Thursday.
For the first time in the history of the SCCL, the company had shut down mines for a such a long period due to the Covid-19 outbreak (since April 1).
About 48,000 workers are working in 27 underground mines and 18 open cast mines spread over six districts. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, 22 underground mines were shut down and only five were operated by the company during the lockdown.
According to officials, nearly 24,000 workers could not attend their duties. With work resuming on Thursday, about 65 per cent of the 24,000 workers turned up for their duties.
The officials informed that nearly 60,000 tonnes of the coal production was lost every day in all the areas in the SCCL. Director (Operations and Production) S Chandra Sekhar said the company had taken all measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The company had conducted programmes to create awareness among the workers on the pandemic. They were told to maintain social distance and wear face masks. “No mask, no muster rule is being implemented in all areas,” he added.
Hand sanitisers and hand wash were provided in mines in all areas for the workers, and the officers were directed to monitor workers’ health. If anyone was found showing Covid symptoms, he would immediately be sent to home quarantine, he said.
Chandrashekhar further said thermal screening of the employees was being conducted at every entry point. Disinfectant tunnels were also installed at all the areas.
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