S K Gomasta takes over as director technical at Coal India’s exploration arm

Satendra Kumar Gomasta has taken over as the director technical of Coal India’s exploration arm, Central Mine Planning & Design Institute (CMPDIL) on Wednesday. Prior to this, he served as general manager, Mining, at another Coal India subsidiary, Northern Coalfields Limited in Singrauli.

Gomasta obtained Degree in mining engineering from Raipur Engineering College, in 1984.He also possesses a degree in post graduate in marketing management.

Gomasta started his career in the coal industry from Coal India’s subsidiary Western Coalfields in 1984. He has worked in different capacities in underground and opencast mining in different subsidiaries of Coal India namely Western Coalfields (WCL), South Eastern Coalfields (SECL) and Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL).

This financial year the exploration arm, CMPDIL, has achieved 95% of its exploration targets by December. According to the company, in 2019-20, it was given a target to drill 14 lakh meters of which 5.05 lakh meters would be by the company, while the rest at 8.95 lakh meter was to be out sourced. Against this, 8.9 lakh meter of drilling has been carried out up to December 2019 against the target for the period of 9.32 lakh meter, which is 95% of the target.

CMPDIL has also recently roped in Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) for carrying outanalysis of coal samples from different exploration camps. They signed a memorandum of understanding for a period of two years wherein CMPDI will entrust IIT-KGP with 3000 m of coal-cores annually to carry out different analytical tests to determine the quality of coal samples for incorporating in geological reports.

Additionally, the center will pay CMPDIL Rs 1,240 crore between 2019 and 2021 for expediting exploration on blocks that would be auctioned to commercial coal miners.

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