Makardhokra-I coal mine

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The Makardhokra-I Opencast Coal Mine Project is the proposed expansion of an opencast mine northwest of Umrer in the Nagpur-Umrer coal mines region, of Nagpur District, Maharashtra, India. The mine will scale-up its annual capacity from 2 million tonnes to 3.5 million tonnes for Western Coalfields Limited.[1]


The map below shows the exact location of the project in Umrer in Nagpur District, Maharashtra, India

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Background on Mine

The existing Makardhokra-I OC mine (2.00 MTPA) is an on-going project of WCL located about 3 km west of Umrer OC mine and 10 km N-W of Umrer town of Nagpur district, Maharashtra. The Umrer township is located about 45 km south-east of Nagpur. [2]

The nearest operating mine is Dinesh (Makardhokra-III) OC on the northwestern side of the project. Makardhokra-II OC mine located east of Makardhokra-I OC mine has exhausted. Umrer OC mine is located to the further east of Makardhokra-II OC and Amb River separates the two mines. The Umrer Butibori railway line passes through the northern boundary of Makardhokra – I OC and exhausted Makardhokra – II OC mine as well as through the southern boundary of Dinesh (Makardhokra-III) OC. [3]

The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change has granted Environmental Clearance for Expansion of Makardhokra-I Opencast Coal Mine Project from 1.0 MTPA to 2.0 MTPA in a lease area of 660.70 ha by letter no.J-11015/54/2006-IA-II (M) dated 26.11.2015. [4] This Expansion in Environmental Clearance was granted under 7(ii) of EIA notification, 2006. The project of 1.0 MTPA was earlier accorded EC vide letter no. J11015/54/2005-IA.II (M) dated 02.08.2006.

The Makardhokra – I Opencast Mine is located near Umred Karahandla Wildlife Sanctuary and falls in the corridor of Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary, Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Pench Tiger Reserve, Navegaon Nagzira Tiger Reserve, Melghat Tiger Reserve, Bor Wildlife Sanctuary, and Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary. The mining in the wildlife corridor may lead to increased Human-Wildlife Conflict in the area.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Western Coalfields Limited[5]
  • Parent company: Coal India Limited
  • Location: Umrer in Nagpur District, Maharashtra, India
  • GPS coordinates: 20.865366, 79.285604 (exact)
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Production Capacity: 2.0 million tonnes
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves: 52.863 (Proven, 2019) [6]
  • Coal Type:
  • Mine Size: 660.70 ha
  • Mine Type: Surface
  • Start Year:
  • Source of Financing:
  • Permits and Applications:

Expansion Details

  • Status: Proposed
  • Size of Expansion: 3.5 MTPA
  • Permits and Applications: [7]

Articles and Resources


  1. Central Mine Planning and Design Institute Limited, , Executive Summary, Environmental Impact Assessment and Management Plan, November 2019, pages 1-16, accessed February 2020
  2. [1] Mining Plan for Makardhokra-I Expansion OC Mine July 2019
  3. [2] Executive Summary of EIA & EMP for Public Hearing of Makardhokra-I Expansion OC
  4. [3] EC for expansion from 1 MTPA to 2 MTPA dated 26th November 2015
  5. , Monitoring the Implementation of Environmental Safeguards: Makardhokda-I Open Cast Mine,WCL, India Ministry of Environment Forest & Climatic Change, Western Region, accessed February 2020
  6. Government of India Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change, "Mining Plan for Makardhokra - I Expansion OC", Environmental Clearance website, Accessed May 2021
  7. [4] TORs for expansion from 2 MTPA to 3.5 MTPA dated 07th November 2019

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