Thursday 18, August 2022

Coal miming suspended at Dinajpur as 90 workers infected in Covid

News Desk: As many as 90 workers of Barapukuria Coal Mine have tested positive for Covid-19, prompting the management of the state-owned company to halt production from Friday afternoon.

Of these 90 workers, 50 are Chinese. Besides, 400 other workers of the mine, have been asked to remain in home isolation, officials said on Saturday, adding that production would resume after 10 days.

Engineer Saiful Islam Sarkar, a manager of the mine, said, ‘Coal lifting work from the 1306 phase started on July 26 on a trial basis and till Friday we were able to lift 5,000 metric tonnes of coal.’

However, 40,000 metric tonnes of coal are in stock, which will be used to aid power generation, said Saiful.

Meanwhile, samples of local workers in the 1041 phase had been collected and the workers who tested negative would be allowed to join work, he added.


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