Chhal OC coal mine
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The Chhal OC Coal Mine is operated by South Eastern Coalfields Limited, a subsidiary of Coal India, in the village of Lat, Tehsil Dharamjaigarh, district Raigarh, State Chhattisgarh, India.
The map below shows the location of the mine.
Background on Mine
The mine, also known as the Chhal Opencast Coal Mine Project, has a capacity od 3.5 million tonnes per year. It is located on a mining lease area of 641.013 ha. The mine is operated by South Eastern Coalfields Limited.
The project secured its environment clearance for expansion from 1 MTPA to 3.5 MTPA on 27 April 2010.
About 400 Adivasi families once lived near the Chaal coal mine but were forced out by blasting and water contamination. 
The Chhal Coal mine also falls within an Elephant Corridor. People residing around the mining area fear that there will be an increase in Human-Elephant Conflict in the region. The latest in the series of events that has led to their problem is the upcoming rail corridor that cuts through the elephant territory. The project is being executed in a belt that is endowed with rich coal deposits. The Chhattisgarh government is developing a 180-km-long east rail corridor on the Kharsia-Chhal-Gharghoda-Korichhapar-Dharamjaigarh-Korba route. The project is part of two rail corridors that would be coming up in the state. The other, east-west rail corridor, will connect the Gevra and Pendra roads. 
Adivasis in Kunkuni allege more than 300 acres of their lands were transferred to a Bilaspur-based real estate firm, Saptarishi Infra Tech Estate, by forgery between 2009 and 2015. Villagers claim Saptarishi Infra bought large swaths of lands to sell to the mining companies in the vicinity. A unit of Vedanta Washery and Logistics Solutions Private Limited is being set up in Kunkuni (no relation to Vedanta Resources), while the coal mines of Chhal and Baraud lie within a 15-km radius of the village. 
- Sponsor: South Eastern Coalfields Limited
- Parent company: Coal India Limited
- Location: village Lat, Tehsil Dharamjaigarh, district Raigarh, State Chhattisgarh, India
- GPS coordinates: Latitude 22.100202, Longitude 83.110483
- Status: Operating
- Capacity:3.5 MTPA
- Production: 1.47 million tonnes (2020)
- Total Resource:
- Mineable Reserves: 146.4 
- Coal Type: Non-coking coal
- Mine Size: 641.013 Ha
- Mine Type: Opencast
- Start Year:
- Source of Financing:
- Permits and Applications:Environment Clearance for Expansion of Chhal opencast Coalmine Project, MoEF&CC India, 27 April 2010
Articles and resources
- Environment Clearance for Expansion of Chhal opencast Coalmine Project, MoEF&CC India, 27 April 2010
- The mine that displaced India's indigenous people, Aljazeera.com, 07 July 2016
- Chhattisgarh's elephantine problem, Business-standard article, 24 September 2016
- Illegal transfers: Adivasis in Chhattisgarh plan to criminally prosecute firms that hold their land, Scroll.in article, 17 July 2017
- Application for FC clearance for Kusmunda and Laxman OCP
- Southeastern Coal field Limited, "Environmental Audit Statement", SECL website, Accessed June 2021