Coal India has beefed up security for 30 Chinese engineers working in ECL's Jhanjra colliery in West Burdwan following the India-China standoff at Galwan Valley.
Coal India CMD Pramod Agarwal has ordered that safety of the Chinese engineers, who he said are India's guests, must be ensured and accordingly special security arrangements have been made for them, said ECL area personnel manager S P Roy. The engineers, who stay at an ECL hostel in Jhanjra area, had also been counselled.
The Chinese engineers have been working with ECL since July 2019 under a contract with China Coal Overseas Development Company.
The engineers, who help with the longwall extraction method of coal, work in the mines for six months at a stretch. Their return home was foiled by the Covid-induced lockdown. They are now helping in major operations at Jhanjra as a part of the workforce is unable to work due to the pandemic.
The engineers' families were assured that ECL was taking all care and it had arranged security in three shifts, said Roy. The officials had also been asked not to step out of the ECL campus without security. Director (personnel) Vinay Ranjan had personally assured the Chinese officials of their safety and asked to arrange for their medical check-up in case of severe stress amid border tensions.
(Writing by Wenxin Wu Editing by Harry Huo)
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