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Coal India will shut down high-risk mines beyond mitigation

In December last year, CIL arm Eastern Coalfields saw Lalmatia mine collapse that claimed 18 lives

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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State-owned India will close down that are beyond mitigation, Parliament was informed on Monday.

"India Ltd (CIL) has graded all mines in high, moderate and low-risk categories. Mine-wise action plan to mitigate high and moderate risks and bring such mines into low risk category has been done by CIL," Minister said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.


Safety in mining is a priority for the Centre, the minister said, adding that government has made it mandatory to annually conduct safety audit of all mines.

In December last year, arm Eastern Coalfields saw Lalmatia mine collapse that claimed 18 lives.

The incident took place on December 29 when a massive mound of earth came crashing down on excavators at the Lalmatia open cast mine, the worst such disaster in over a decade.

First Published: Mon, July 24 2017. 14:32 IST
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