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Coal mines' fire in Dhanbad-Chandrapura railway route close to surface: Govt

Coal mines' fire in Dhanbad-Chandrapura railway route close to surface: Govt

New Delhi, Jul 24 (UNI) Fire in the coal mines, which are under the Dhanbad-Chandrapura railway track, is raging very close to the surface, between 8 to 35 metres, the Government said today. In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines Minister Piyush Goyal said nine coal mines falling in the Dhanbad-Chandrapura railway track are affected by underground fire. He said that in eight out of the nine mines, there is existence of fire less than 35 metre beneath the surface, while in the other one -- AKWMC mine fire exists at a cover (depth from surface) of 8-20 meters. Mr Goyal also said that two schemes have been prepared to deal with the dangerous situation. He further informed that according to Coal India Limited (CIL), there is presence of 263 million tonnes of coal reserve under the route in the coal bearing area. Significantly, on June 10 the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had ordered the closure of Dhanbad-Chandrapura railway line, affected by underground coal mine fire, which had disrupted the movement of around 24 trains in the region. UNI KU RSA SNU 1648

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