P M Prasad, Director (Technical, Project & Planning), Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL) has assumed charge of Chairman-cum-Managing Director at Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited on 2nd August 2019. Prasad was also in additional charge of Director (Technical) BCCL. Public Enterprises Selection Board (PESB) had recommended the name of Prasad for this post in April this year.
Prasad had assumed his charge as a Director (Technical, Project and Planning), NCL in February’ 2018. During his more than one-year stint, he has been instrumental in the company’s planning activities that led the company in the new league of coal production and productivity. For a short span during this period, he also served CIL subsidiary Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) as Director (Technical) additional charge.
With more than 34 years of experience in opencast and underground coal mining, Prasad was heading NTPC’s coal mining division as Regional Executive Director (Coal Mining) from May 2015 before joining as NCL Director (Technical, Project and Planning). The biggest challenge for him was to start production of coal in NTPC’s coal projects especially from Pakri Barwadih coal mine in Jharkhand, where rehabilitation and resettlement was one of the major issues. With his leadership and multi-faceted skills, the production of coal from this mine got started after 12 years of allocation. Graduated as mining engineer in 1984 from Osmania University, Prasad started his services as a mining engineer the same year in CIL. He earned M. Tech degree in Open Cast Mining from ISM Dhanbaad in 1991.