Jamshedpur, June 18: Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) secretary Shekhar Basu said on Saturday that they will install automatic visual warning system in the mines. The warning system will alert the workers/ miners before any major mishap. He expressed concerns over recent mishap at UCIL.
Basu, who is also the chairman of Atomic Energy Commission was speaking to media men at Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) Narwahpahar guest house after visiting the Turamdih uranium mines.
It may be mentioned that three mining workers including two officials were killed while nine others were injured during an underground mine mishap at Turamdih mines on May 28. The mines were sealed after the mishap and the investigation by the Director General of Mines Safety (DGMS) was still continuing.
The tragedy took place when a team of officials were inspecting a point of mining at about 255 meters below the ground level.
While a section of contract worker were busy in removing the ores from by pressing a loader, the inspection team was busy at the mining point to ensure whether there was any leakage in the crust of the mines. Gradually the crust on the left side began to get wet and slight leakage started to prop.
Then the leakage intensified leading the inspection team to apprehend danger. Suddenly, there was a sound of blast and the next moment huge sludge started gushing out from one of the mining points, causing most of the officials as well as the contract workers to be swept away.
Turamdih mines, located about 15 km from city, is one of the seven mines of UCIL. Others being Mahuldih, Bhatin, Narwah, Jadugora, Bagjata and Banduhurang.
According to Basu, the uranium processing plants at Turamdih and Jadugora would be further upgraded. Apart from that they have identified new areas of mining near the existing Bagjata, Jadugora and Narwah mines.
With an aim to fuel the nation’s nuclear power needs UCIL was incorporated on October 4, 1967.
UCIL is a public sector enterprise under the Department of Atomic Energy. Fulfilling the requirement of Uranium, UCIL plays a very significant role in India’s nuclear power generation program. UCIL is an ISO 9001, 14001 18001 company and has adopted the latest state-of-the-art technology for its mines and process plant.
UCIL has positioned itself with a thrust to harness the unlimited potential of nuclear power.