The Pakri Barwadih coal mines are one of the largest captive coal blocks allotted to NTPC by the Government of India with an extractable reserve of around 642 million tonnes.
The contract was awarded to Thriveni Sainik Mining Private Limited, a joint venture between Thriveni and Sainik Mining, in order to develop and mine the block.
The biggest challenge faced at Pakri Barwadih was the Maoist insurgency, which had resulted in all mining activity coming to a standstill for a period of ten years. This resulted in negligible economic activity in the region, plunging it to the depths of disaster.
However, Thriveni was able to commence operations within six months of having been awarded the project, using its unique ability to build faith in the local community that economic activity would increase, thus heralding the arrival of jobs and income. Despite the threat of Maoists remaining, activities progressed due to the investments made both in the mine and coal handling plants, coupled with growing trust in the company.
Building local trust and insulation from the lawless group was not an easy endeavour. However Thriveni has the tools and capability to engage meaningfully with locals, all the while understanding their needs and managing expectations. This resulted in much needed social license and support to operate.
As part of our women empowerment agenda, we trained a team of fifteen women to operate a 100 tonne dumper truck at the site and set up a garment manufacturing unit at Guruchatti, Barkagaon. Currently, a stellar batch of women are empowered by self-reliance and financial independence.