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MCL Unveils Eco-Park And Coal Museum At The Site Of A Void Mine In Jharsuguda

January 28, 2023
Coal mine museum

Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL), a  CPSE under the Ministry of Coal unveiled the Chandra Shekar Azad eco-park and Coal Museum at mine No.4 of Orient Area in Ib Valley Coalfields, Jharsuguda, Odisha. The eco-park is situated at Gandghora village on the side of Jharsuguda-Raigarh National Highway 49.

The eco-park, which has been developed as part of reclaiming old and exhausted mines, has a lush green landscape, coal café and a children’s park. It was constructed by MCL in a record time after repurposing coal mine No.4 that closed production in 2017.

The Coal museum inside the park is offers a glimpse of the history and legacy of coal mining in India. Working models of different machines and vehicles used in Under Ground and Open Cast mines are on display. Coal Mining equipment and machines on display include surface miner, dumper, crane, tipper, dozer, belt conveyor, coal cutting machine, drill machine and backhoe to name a few.ity to have firsthand experience of an underground mine to the visitors.

Engaged in coal mining activities in Sundergarh, Jharsuguda and Angul districts of Odisha, MCL has backfilled and reclaimed at least 2,000 hectares of completely utilised land so far . Many quarry voids have been developed into water bodies for rain water harvesting, in line with sustainable mining practices.


Vivek Mukherji

He is the Executive Editor of Tatsat Chronicle and has more than 22 years of experience during which he held several senior editorial positions in print publications, news television and digital media platforms. The former Managing Editor of Sports Illustrated has launched two editions of one India’s largest circulating English newspapers and five magazines. He has written and reported on wide-ranging subjects from crime to politics, from technology to sports, from bureaucracy and governance to environmental issues.