Raipur munaadi : Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has instructed all District Collectors to prepare an action plan to develop closed mines in their districts as sources of water-conservation. He has also asked to include various employment-oriented activities in these mines in the action plan.
In a directive issued to the Collectors by Chief Minister Mr. Baghel, it has been said that all the ‘abandoned mining sites’ located in the districts should be identified and an action plan should be prepared within a month to convert them into water conservation sources and start other activities as required. The expenditure incurred in this work can be arranged from the allocation available under MGNREGA, DMF, CSR, Environment and Infrastructure fund and other departmental schemes.
CM said that mining of coal, iron ore, bauxite, dolomite, lime stone etc. in the state for decades has left these mining sites in an abandoned condition due to the depletion of many reserves of these minerals. Accidents are taking place in such abandoned mining sites, causing loss of life and property.
Chief Minister, while referring to the Kenapara coal mine in Surajpur district, has said that coal mining was stopped here from the year 1991 due to depletion of coal reserves by SESL. With necessary renovation of this abandoned mining site by the district administration in collaboration with SESL, it has been converted into an excellent source of water conservation. New opportunities for income growth of the surrounding villagers have been created here with the begining of activities like Fishing and providing facilities such as Boating and Floating Restaurants.
CM Baghel has expected all the District Collectors to start renovation of mining sites located in their districts before April 01, 2021 and efforts should be made to complete the work before the rainy season so that the collection of water could begin at these sites during the rainy season.