Basundhara coal mines
The Basundhara coal mines are a 7 million ton-per-annum (MTPA) network of mines on the Ib Valley coalfield in Odisha state, India. It is part o the larger network of Ib Valley coal mines.
The mine would provide power to the proposed Basundhara power station.
The map below shows the location of the Basundhara mines, near Tikilpara village, Sundergarh district, Odisha state.
Background on Mine
MCL is currently building the Kulda 10 MTPA mine expansion at Basundhara.
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.
- 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
- Reserves: 92.73 MT (Proven and Probable, 2017) 
- In service: 1998-2011
- Coal type:
- Mining method: Surface
- Source of financing:
Articles and resources
- Mahanadi Coalfields Limited 2013-14 Annual Report, pp. 20-21.
- Bioprofile of Projects, MCL website, accessed May 2015.
- Malavika Santhebennur, 14 dead in India coal mine collapse, Australian Mining, 12 Aug. 2013.
- Basundhara coalmine resumes operations, Times of India, 23 Aug. 2013.
- Environmental Clearance, [http://environmentclearance.nic.in/writereaddata/Online/TOR/28_Mar_2017_175633450G2T3Z0QNPFR.pdf "PRE-FEASIBILITY REPORT FOR BASUNDHARA (WEST) EXTENSION OPEN CAST PROJECT"], Government of India Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Accessed May 2021