Replica of coal mine in RSC
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, Feb 28: A replica of coal mine with automated light and sound effects is ready to be on display for visitors on March 6 at the Regiol Science Centre (RSC), Guwahati.
The project was designed, developed and guided by RSC in-charge Basudev Mandal. Around Rs 38 lakh was spent to complete the project.
“We are trying to showcase the real atmosphere of coal mines by bringing up the model. People of Assam often don’t know about the abundance of the ‘black diamond’ in Assam and the process involved in its mining,” Mandal said.
“The project came up from a curiosity revolving about how a coal mine looks like and what happens deep down below the earth. A visit to a real coal mine is not only difficult, but also restricted to the common people. The first of its kind coal mine model of NE is on a 2000 square feet area,” Mandal said.
Mandal further said that visitors would be able to get an overview of manual and mechanical coal cutting methods, its transportation from the mine, reasons as to why tunnels do not collapse after excavation of coal and safety measures taken by the workers inside a mine.
The coal mine replica will also host a range of mining and miner’s safety instruments on display like safety mask, self rescuer, methanometer, explosimeter, anemometer, Davy’s safety lamp etc. An auto demonstrated system in three languages – Assamese, Hindi and English – for visitors’ convenience has also been included inside it.