Churcha RO Coal Mine

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Churcha RO Coal Mine is an operating coal mine in Churcha, Korea, Chhattisgarh, India.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Mine Name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Churcha RO Coal Mine Churcha, Korea, Chhattisgarh, India 23.335952, 82.519611 (exact)

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Project Details

Table 2: Project status

Status Status Detail Opening Year Closing Year
Operating 1995

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
1.35[1] 1.03[2] 2022[2] Underground 3.59 300* 817*

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
33 Chirimiri Subbituminous Thermal

Table 5: Ownership and parent company

Owner Parent Company Headquarters
South Eastern Coalfields Ltd Coal India 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 Churcha RO Underground Coal Mine Project has a designed capacity of 2.10 MTPA on a mining lease area of 3590.147 ha is located in villages, Sardi and Shivpur, Tehsil Baikunthpur, District Korea, State Chhattisgarh, India. The project started operating with a capacity of 0.6 MTPA on a ML area of 2240.952 Ha and recieved its EC on 17 February 1995. The project further secured its environment clearance for an expansion from 0.6 MTPA to 2.10 MTPA on 3 May 2012. The project consists of four units Churcha Underground, Churcha West Underground, Shivpur Incline and Ghughra Incline.[3]

In 2016, the coal production from Churcha coal mine in Baikunthpur area of SECL was stopped for more than four days as a structure of the receiver belt that loads coal from the underground mines to the coal handling plant at Churcha railway station broke down. As a result over 1,000 workers had been deployed in other work. Moreover, there had been loss of over 5,000 tonnes of coal because of the mishap. [4]

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  3. Environment Clearance for Expansion of Churcha RO Underground Coal Mine Project, MoEF&CC India, 3 May, 2012
  4. Coal production from Churcha colliery affected, Times of India Article, 13 August, 2016