AGNI the Walking Dragline 24/88 manufactured at Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC) was inaugurated at Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL), Amlohri Project on 28th March 2019. The machine was inaugurated by Shri A K Jha, Chairman, Coal India Ltd. and Shri P K Sinha, CMD, NCL. Shri Rana S Chakravarty, Director (Marketing & Production), HEC, along with senior officials were present in the grand inauguration organized by HEC and NCL. Shri Gunadhar Pandey, Director (Technical/Operations), NCL; Shri P.M.Prasad, Director (Technical/Project & Planning), NCL; Shri N.N. Thakur, Director (Finance), NCL, with GMs/NCL, graced the occasion.
Chairman, CIL congratulated Team HEC and Team NCL and highly appreciated the Dragline equipment, which is one of the heaviest earth moving machinery. At present, HEC is one of the four firms in the world which manufacture Draglines. BEML, P&H and Caterpillar are the other manufacturers of Draglines. Chairman, CIL, recalled HEC as one of the Temples of modern India and assured to extend all support to HEC in their endeavours.
HEC has started manufacturing Dragline in 1980s and so far supplied 15 nos. out of which 12 nos. are supplied to NCL. The machine is useful to remove overburden in open cast mines. The first order received from NCL in 1980 and the supplied machine ‘Ganga’ and ‘Yamuna’ are still working at NCL collieries serving more than two lac hours.
This machine weighs approx. 2000T and all the mechanical components have been manufactured at HEC (other than hydraulics and electrics). The equipment has been transported to the site in components in 44 nos. of trailers and was erected at the site. It is expected to handle 4.1 million cubic meters of material annually. The value at which the order was secured for each Dragline was Rs 153 Crores.