Bartunga Hill coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor

Bartunga Hill coal mine is operated by South Eastern Coalfields Limited, a subsidiary of Coal India, in Chirimiri, Tehsil Khadgaon, District Korea, State Chhattisgarh, India.

The mine is part of the Chirimiri coal mines network


The map below shows the location of the Chirimiri mines.

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Social and environmental impacts

With the expansion to coal mining in the area in the last 6-7 decades, there is a threat to the existing springs. 20 springs out of 300 have died every 10 years or so. Now, the number of springs in Chirimiri has reduced to 30", says Girish Kumar, senior researcher and resident of Chirimiri. These 30 springs still cater to the drinking water needs of 70-80 percent of Chirimiri's population and are still the first choice of the people but if they die, then it will lead to acute water crises as well as destroy livelihoods.

The demand for spring water in Chirimiri has increased in the last one decade as the people prefer it over the water supplied by the Chirimiri Municipal Corporation. While the spring water is free, most residents don't want to take the pain of walking to a hilly area to bring water back. Instead, they pay people who can do this for them. Thus, the spring water provides a livelihood to more than 100 families.

The film titled The Dying Springs of Chirimiri focuses on the devastation of natural resources and its impact on community life in Chirimiri.[1]

Mine Details

  • Sponsor: South Eastern Coalfields Limited
  • Parent company: Coal India
  • Location: village Chirimiri, Tehsil Khadgaon, District Korea, State Chhattisgarh, India
  • Coordinates: 23.174, 82.335 (exact)
  • Status: Operational
  • Capacity: 2 million tonnes per annum
  • Production: 0.16 million tonnes (2020)
  • Reserves: 362 MT (320 MT measured, 11 MT indicated, 31 MT inferred)[2] 62.41 (Proven, 2011) [3]
  • In service:
  • Permits:
  • Coal type: Subbiuminous
  • Mining method: Underground
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. The Dying Springs of Chirimiri, Makrand Purohit, India Water Portal, 1 April 2016
  2. Coal Directory of India 2012-13, Ministry of Coal, 2014, p. 2.9.
  3. Coal India, "Coal Resources as Per UNFC", Central Mine Planning & Design Inst. Ltd., Accessed June 2021

External resources