Western Coalfields Producing Coal Neer from Mine Water
Coal and power minister Piyush Goyal inaugurated the WCL’s Coal Neer and Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Purification Project at Patansawangi underground coal mine.
Coal Neer, Image source: Western Coalfields on Twitter
By making use of water from mines, the Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) has started production of safe drinking water and marketing it under the brand name of ‘Coal Neer’. The water otherwise would have gone waste and also polluted water bodies.
Coal and power minister Piyush Goyal inaugurated the WCL’s Coal Neer and Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Purification Project at Patansawangi underground coal mine, near the city. WCL chairman-cum-managing director Rajiv Ranjan Mishra presented a bottle of Coal Neer to Goyal who launched the project online during his visit to the city on August 14.
General manager of WCL Nagpur Area, DM Gokhale told TOI that 1.50-2 lakh villagers from 12-15 villages in a radius of around 10km from Patansawangi will benefit from the project. “The plant has a capacity to treat 10,000 litres/hour water. The mine is 200 metre deep and so holds a lot of water,” he said.
10 hydrant points have been set up at the plant, said Gokhale. “We asked gram panchayats to come and get collect treated water from the plant. Also, we are going to engage Patansaongi Co-operative Employees Society of WCL staffers to ensure water supply to the villagers,” he said.
Gokhale added that water bottles are being used for in-house purposes of Nagpur Area as of now. “Soon we will be installing an automatic bottling plant. Then we will be able to supply the water bottles to our head office and other areas,” he said.
The WCL is producing the water bottle at a small cost of 40 paise per bottle so sales to public too would be cheap.
As per norms, the WCL has to ensure zero discharge as mine water contaminates water bodies. Therefore, the WCL started taking initiatives for treating the mine water for utilization.
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