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TALCHER: In the absence of land to expand the mining operation, the 20-million tonne capacity Bhubaneswari opencast coal project at Talcher is facing imminent closure.

The land constraint has been a longstanding issue for the project. For the work to move ahead the villagers of Zillinda would have to be displaced, says a coal official.

JHARSUGUDA: Digging up water pits, locally known as Chahala and Chuan, has become the order of the day with coal mining in the belt taking a toll on groundwater.

BRAJRAJNAGAR: Summer has just begun but water- stressed Brajrajnagar is already feeling the heat.

Though political parties promise to mitigate the drinking water crisis during elections the assurances are gone with the end of polls and the denizens are left with parched throats.

M a h a n a d i Coalfields Limited (MCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited, and a "Mini Ratna" company of the Government of India was formed in 1992 with its corporate office at Sambalpur (Orissa). The company was formed by the bifurcation of coal mines of Orissa from South Eastern Coalfields Limited, with the then coal production being 23.14 million tonnes (mt).

ANGUL: In order to dispose of over burdened ash in its ponds, Nalco has decided to give cash incentives to the lifters. At present Nalco is providing pond ash free of cost to the end-users.

This study analyses the diverse positive and negative impacts that coal mining has on the livelihoods of local communities of the Ib valley coalfield in Orissa. Using the sustainable livelihoods framework, it shows that coal mining, which is a form of physical capital, contributes to the enhancement of financial capital.

ANGUL: The Rs 22.21 crore piped-water supply scheme for 41 Talcher villages has run into rough weather due to a tug of war between the State agencies and the funding agency, the Mahanadi Coalfield Limited (MCL).

ANGUL: In comparison to about seven per cent growth of Coal India Limited, its flagship company Mahanadi Coalfield Limited (MCL) has posted a growth of 9.46 per cent in the 2008-09. However, it could not achieve its revised target of 104 million tonne (MT) fixed by the Coal Ministry due to various factors.

Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL), the flagship company of Coal India Ltd (CIL), has posted 9.46 per cent growth in coal production in 2008-09 (FY09), outpacing the 7 per cent growth recorded by its parent company, CIL. The production rose to 96.355 million tonnes from 88 million tonnes last fiscal.

Studies on converting a low rank high ash Lingaraj open cast project coal of Mahanadi Coalfield Limited, India to an adsorbent via its structural modification through partial oxidation have been carried.

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