Thursday, July 16, 2009

Nalco strengthens security at bauxite mines

KalingaTimes Correspondent
Bhubaneswar, July 16: In the aftermath of the naxal attack on April 12, the National Aluminium Company has further strengthened its security measures in its bauxite mines area located in Panchpatmali hills of Koraput. Security arrangements have also been augmented at most vulnerable points such as magazine house, where explosives are stored.

The deployment of CISF personnel has also been increased from 89 to 197 jawans in the bauxite mines, the company said on Thursday.

Special emphasis has been given to fortification of magazine area by providing multi-layer protection system, such as chain link, concertina, barbed wire, power fencing and brick walls around the magazine house at the mines.

As construction of a permanent barrack or any construction in the vicinity of the magazine house is strictly prohibited, the CISF jawans have been provided with well furnished rest sheds, near the magazine house, which are equipped with lighting system, wall mounted fan, exhaust fan, air cooler and vinyl flooring to improve the living conditions for jawans deputed in duty to safeguard the explosives.

Besides this, two new well furnished sheds with folded beds, with cushion, fans, lights with toilet has already been installed. These sheds are similar to the ones used by defence personnel. Uninterrupted power supply has also been provided to the sheds used by CISF jawans. Further, aqua-guard with cooling system bas been installed to provide safe & clean drinking water to the jawans. The above measures have been reviewed and found to be satisfactory by the CISF authorities, the company said.

Permanent barrack in two blocks with all required facilities exists at a distance of 700 mtr from magazine house.

In addition to the above facilities, Nalco has also drastically reduced the storage of explosives at the magazine house.

As per the latest measure, the stock of explosives is kept to the barest minimum of about 4-5 days consumption.

Nalco is now exploring the possibilities of “Blast Free” mining methods, where there is no use of explosives. With these measures, the company hopes to significantly improve the security system and reduce the Maoist threat and carry out its mining operations in a secure environment.

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