ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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SOUTHERN AFRICA-Tale of Two Constellations

ment of Coal could say was: "We are very conscious of this fact. But, there is a regular drilling programme going on particularly by the GSI, MEC and by Coal India itself... We are trying to use the most sophisticated technology of faster drilling by taking the assistance of countries like the USSR, Poland, the UK, etc". He does not seem to realise that deep drilling is the costliest method of exploration, and that geophysical methods are being applied as in oilfields to delineate coal seams by reflection seismology. If the GSI and the earlier Secretary in the Department of Coal were acquainted with developments in the UK and Australia, India's Sudamdih and Moni- dih would not have suffered the tragic fate that awaited them.

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