Gare Palma II coal mine

From Global Energy Monitor

Gare Palma-II coal mine is a proposed 23.6 million ton-per-annum (MTPA) coal mine in Chhattisgarh state, India.


The map below shows the location of the Gare Palma-IV mines, in Raigarh district, Chhattisgarh state. Gare Palma-II is located nearby.

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Mahatamil Collieries, a joint venture of Maharashtra State Mining Corporation and Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) is also proposing to establish the 3,000 megawatt Gare Pelma power station.

In 2006, TNEB, the predecessor of Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO), was allotted the Gare Palma Sector II coal block along with Maharashtra State Mining Corporation by the Ministry of Coal. The companies formed a joint venture company, Ltd (MTCL) to develop the coal deposit. As of late 2011 TANGEDCO stated that "detailed exploration work is being carried out" and "is likely to be completed by March 2012. It has been proposed to install a pithead power station utilizing TANGEDCO’s share of coal received from this mine."

TANGEDCO states that in August 2011 a Letter of Award (LOA) was issued to M/s. Lanco Infratech Ltd as Mine Developer and Operator (MDO) for both the mine and, using TANGEDCO's share of the coal, the power station.[1] A news report states that the proposed power station would be 3,000 megawatts.[2]


After the Supreme Court invalidated many coal block auctions due to a "fatally flawed" process, the block was reauctioned in March 2015. It received nine bids, but the auction was won in the end by Maharashtra State Mining Corporation.[3]

As of 2020, the mine remained in the permitting process. In December 2019, the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) returned the proposal, citing “hasty” submission of information. The committee sought clarifications on 20 points.[4] The mine remains shelved.

Mine Details

  • Sponsor: Maharashtra State Mining Corporation
  • Parent company: State of Maharashtra
  • Location: Raigarh district, Chhattisgarh state, India
  • Coordinates: 22.11866, 83.53358 (approximate)
  • Status: Shelved
  • Capacity: 23.6 million tonnes per annum (22 MTPA surface; 1.6 MTPA underground)[4]
  • Total Reserves: 768 MT[5]
  • Mine Size: [6]
  • In service:
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Articles and resources


  1. TANGEDCO, "Arrangement of coal to meet the requirement of the thermal power stations of TANGEDCO", TANGEDCO website, accessed December 2011.
  2. Promit Mukherjeeee, "Lanco wins Gare Pelma II block, 3000 mw plant", Daily News & Analysis, March 22, 2011.
  3. Coal block re-allocation: States, PSUs get back lost mines, Business Standard, 25 Mar. 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Sidharth Yadav, Mahagenco’s mining project in Raigarh put on ice, The Hindu, December 28, 2019
  5. Details of Blocks identified for allocation to Govt. companies / permissible end users, Ministry of Coal website, accessed May 2015.
  6. Forest Clearance Approval Request, 2016

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