Basundhara coal mines

From Global Energy Monitor

The Basundhara coal mines are a network of mines on the Ib Valley coalfield in Odisha state, India. It is part of the larger network of Ib Valley coal mines.

The mine would supply power to the proposed Basundhara power station.


The map below shows the location of the Basundhara mines, near Tikilpara village, Sundergarh district, Odisha state.

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Background on Mine

The Basundhara coal mines were first opened in 1998. The mines are owned by Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (a subsidiary of state-owned Coal India).[1][2]


MCL is currently building the Kulda 10 MTPA mine expansion at Basundhara.[1]

2013 Accident

In August 2013, 14 local villagers were killed when a portion of an underground mine collapsed at the Kulda site. Villagers were apparently gathering coal from an overloaded dump yard when the mine collapsed underneath them. At a meeting prior to the reopening of the mine, villagers complained that they had still not been compensated adequately for their relocation prior to the mine's construction.[3][4]

Mine Details

  • Sponsor: Mahanadi Coalfields Limited
  • Parent company: Coal India
  • Location: Tikilpara village, Sundergarh district, Odisha state, India
  • Coordinates: 22.059, 83.731 (exact)
  • Status: Operating, with expansion under construction/planned
  • Capacity: 7 MTPA existing, 10 MTPA under development
  • Production: 1.82 million tonnes (2020) at Basundhara (West) Coal Mine
  • Reserves: 92.73 MT (Proven and Probable, 2017) [5]
  • In service: 1998-2011
  • Permits:
  • Coal type:
  • Mining method: Surface
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Mahanadi Coalfields Limited 2013-14 Annual Report, pp. 20-21.
  2. Bioprofile of Projects, MCL website, accessed May 2015.
  3. Malavika Santhebennur, 14 dead in India coal mine collapse, Australian Mining, 12 Aug. 2013.
  4. Basundhara coalmine resumes operations, Times of India, 23 Aug. 2013.
  5. Environmental Clearance, [ "PRE-FEASIBILITY REPORT FOR BASUNDHARA (WEST) EXTENSION OPEN CAST PROJECT"], Government of India Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Accessed May 2021

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