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The Mahatamil Collieries is a joint venture between the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) and Maharashtra State Mining Corporation for the development of the Gare Pelma Sector II coal block and the proposed 3,000 megawatt Gare Pelma power station. The proposed mine is near Garghoda in Raigarh District of the State of Chhattisgarh, India.
In 2006 TANGEDCO's predecessor TNEB was allotted the Gare Pelma Sector II coal block along with Maharashtra State Mining Corporation by the Ministry of Coal. The companies have 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. A news report states that the proposed power station would be 3,000 megawatts.
Articles and resources
- TANGEDCO, "Arrangement of coal to meet the requirement of the thermal power stations of TANGEDCO", TANGEDCO website, accessed December 2011.
- Promit Mukherjeeee, "Lanco wins Gare Pelma II block, 3000 mw plant", Daily News & Analysis, March 22, 2011.