I am coal and I reach you through a well chalked out process
of coal mining. This is usually called the Mining Lifecycle
To begin with, my miners know where I reside - all they have to do is ensure that they plan
the mining process as per my exact location. This requires a trained team that conceptualises
a blueprint as per the area and the actual way in which they will look for me to ascertain where
I may be present in great numbers. This is known as the mine planning and design phase.
In this phase, my miners also take the necessary government and other organisational
clearances in order to begin the mining.
Because we do not want to end up harming the environment
with unplanned mining operations, do we?
Because we do not want our material issues to grow larger than the actual production, do we?
Once this phase is over, we come to the construction, operation and production phase.
Now, this is the hardcore mining phase where the production of coal actually happens.
The facilities and infrastructure required for this is created even as the local community, employees,
and other stakeholders are duly taken care of with the help of amenities and resettlement as well as other benefits.
Because we do not want to hurt the environment during this process of transportation, do we?
The next phase is the coal transportation and dispatch phase.
where I am taken from the mine to the market in order to warm someone’s
home or enter an industrial furnace where I will help in the production of goods for the comfort of other people.
Here, a railway corridor and other means of sustainable transport have been planned with the help of control measures.
The final phase or the mine closure phase, is when my old home is filled
with overburden and in many cases, top soil imported or preserved before the mining process.
My home is then beautified with vegetation and parks where people can enjoy greenery and other natural treasures.
Because we still want to leave behind a beautiful planet, don’t we?