Chotia Coal Mine

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Chotia Coal Mine is an operating coal mine in Salaigot, Korba, Chhattisgarh, India.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Mine Name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Chotia Coal Mine Salaigot, Korba, Chhattisgarh, India 22.780896, 82.476655 (exact)

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Table 2: Project status

Status Status Detail Opening Year Closing Year

Table 3: Operation details

Note: The asterisk (*) signifies that the value is a GEM estimated figure.
Capacity (Mtpa) Production (Mtpa) Year of Production Mine Type Mining Method Mine Size (km2) Mine Depth (m) Workforce Size
1.75[1] 1 2020 Surface Open Pit 11.79 50* 498*

Table 4: Coal resources and destination

Total Reserves (Mt) Year of Total Reserves Recorded Total Resources (Mt) Coalfield Coal Type Coal Grade Primary Consumer/ Destination
11 14 Hasdeo Arand Subbituminous Thermal

Table 5: Ownership and parent company

Owner Parent Company Headquarters
Bharat Aluminium Company Ltd[2] Vedanta Ltd [51%]; Government of India [49%] India

Note: The above section was automatically generated and is based on data from the GEM April 2024 Global Coal Mine Tracker dataset.

Background on Mine

The Chotia coal mine has a designed capacity of 1 million tonne-per-annum capacity on a mining lease area of 1179.826 Ha.

This block was earlier allocated to Prakash Industries Limited (PIL) which secured the environment clearance for 1 MTPA rpdocution of Chotia-I on 10 November 2015.[3] However, in the wake of coalgate scandal Supreme Court of India, cancelled all allocated coal blocks in Aug 2014. Post cancellation, Govt of India promulgated "Coal Mines (Special Provision) Ordinance" and coal blocks were auction through a electronic bidding process. BALCO won this mine in that bidding process and the said mine was handed over with the existing infrastructure to Balco after making the required payment.[4]

The Chotia coal mines consists of two sub blocks namely Chotia I and Chotia II having mining lease area of 863.00 Ha and 316.826 Ha respectively with a common lease area of 1179.826 Ha. As per the "Coal Mine Development Agreement" (CMDPA), signed between BALCO and Ministry of Coal, BALCO has to annually produce 1 MTPA coal from Chotia.

The first Mining Plan prepared by PIL was approved by MoC in 2004 vide no. 13016/22/2003-CA dated 04.08.2004 and thereafter opencast operation was started in 2006. Subsequently, PIL conducted further exploration in two phases and based on the outcome, the GR was revised and accordingly Mining Plan was revised two times and approved by Ministry of Coal vide reference nos. 13016/22/2003-CA-1 and 13016/22/2003-CA-1 (Vol-III). The 2nd and the last revision of Mining Plan stipulated a peak production capacity of 1Mtpa coal.

The mine has been operational since 2006 and has been producing 1 MTPA from Chotia I. The open castable reserve of Chotia I has almost exhausted. To maintain the existing production level of 1 MTPA from the mine, the change in environmental clearance is envisaged. The Chotia coal mine which consist of Chotia I & II sub block is allocated for use of coal at BALCO's 600 MW Captive Power Plant at Korba District to meet its power requirement for manufacturing of Aluminium products.[5]

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  3. Environment Clearance for Chotia-I, MoEF&CC India, 10 November, 2005
  4. Balco wins the coal block Chotia in Chhattisgarh in Tuesday’s auction, 18 February 2015, site accessed on 10 April, 2020
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