Dec 15, 2015: Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) has provided around 40,000 lightweight LED cap lamps to its miners working in 36 underground mines spread across four districts in the newly formed Indian state of Telangana.
SCCL is a government-owned coal mining company in India. One of the public sector undertakings, SCCL is jointly owned by the Telangana government (51%) and the Union government (49%). The Union government’s administration of the company is through the Ministry of Coal. At present, SCCL is operating 16 opencast and 32 underground mines in 4 districts of Telangana with a manpower of around 62,805.
SCCL has taken this step in continuation of its endeavour to enable coal miners perform their duties in a safe and efficient manner. The management of the state-owned SCCL has chalked out plans to procure an additional 7,000 LED cap lamps, as it has renewed its focus on leveraging the resilient and reliable technologies for improving safety and productivity in its coal mines.
Apart from the advantage of LED bulbs in their cap lamps, the workers would find these caps much lighter than the earlier used caps. These caps weigh 600 grams each while the old conventional cap lamps weighed around 2 kilogramme each. These caps have cost the company around Rs 110.5 million.
According to M Raji Reddy, General Secretary, Telangana Boggu Gani Karmika Sangham, the lightweight LED cap lamps are easy to carry and use. Not only this, it provides better illumination in underground mines. These new LED cap lamps offer flexible options to adjust the lighting and use in normal working conditions as well as emergency situations. SCCL management is trying to procure additional LED cap lamps to meet the full requirement of the coal miners in all the underground mines.
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