SHRI B N SHUKLA
Chairman cum Managing Director
Mahanadi Coalfields, India
Sri B. N. Shukla (55), graduated in 1982 from I.T. BHU and did M. Tech in Opencast Mining from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad in 1989. He is silver medalist at B. Tech and M. Tech level and was popular student leader. He joined SECL in 1982, where he was instrumental in deploying SDL and Chain Conveyor for depillaring in 1983. He experimented cast blasting in Jamuna Opencast
mines and brought back Amalai opencast mines into production which was stopped by DGMS for last six months due to vertical faces merged with OB benches. He joined Churcha east underground mine in 1999, where he experimented Hydrofracturing for
hard roof management and constructed strata bunkers which reduced the breakdowns of belt conveyors and saving of power.
He joined as Sub-area Manager of Behraband U/G mine having modified continuous miner with LHD and the mine was adjudged the overall best mine in group ‘A’ of SECL along with 36% growth in production. He was posted as Project Officer, Balram
OCP to sort out the R&R problem and poor geometry. The mine bagged 1st prize in overall annual safety week for successive two years. He was posted as General Manager, Bharatpur area in 2007, where he could sort out R&R problem and brought the
mine into desired shape with sufficient land possession in hand. Then he was posted in most difficult area of MCL, i.e. Hingula area where the daily production was 21000 tpd, when he left the area, the daily production was 62000 tpd.
Considering his vision, knowledge, strategy he was posted as General Manage Corporate Planning and Projects at MCL HQ, where he was instrumental in diversification of MCL into pit head Super critical thermal power projects (2 x 800 MW) for which MBPL company was formed and he has appointed Director w.e.f. 09.04.2012, other diversification were into solar, port and power transmission business.
He was key person in translating Jharsugda Barapalli rail link on paper to ground fighting tooth and nail to complete it by 2016 June, which is life line for growth of MCL. He got projects approved with total capacity of 322 MT (peak) from a level of 122 MT. He
planned and monitored various infrastructural activities like road network, rail network, CHP, silo and was actively involved in meetings with MoC, state Govt. to sort out forest, R&R and law & order problems.