Padmapur coal mine
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The Padmapur coal mine is an opencast mine, operated by Western Coalfields Limited, a subsidiary of Coal India, producing 2.5 MTPA in village Padmapur, Tehsil & District Chandrapur in the State of Maharashtra, India.
The satellite image below shows the area of the mine in Padmapur Village, Chandrapur District, Maharashtra.
Background on Mine
The Padmapur Expansion Opencast Coal Mine project of 2.5 MTPA on a mining lease area of 733.58 ha. is located in village Padmapur, Tehsil & District Chandrapur in the State of Maharashtra, India. The Padampur opencast mines first received its EC for Padmapur OCP on 18 December, 1991 for 1.25 MTPA over an ML area of 1275 ha. The project was again granted EC on 19 May 2005 for an expansion in production from 1.25 MTPA to 1.70 MTPA over a reduced ML area of 733.58 ha. The project was further again granted EC on 14.07.2009 for 1.70 MTPA to 2.50 MTPA in an ML area 733.58 ha.
The Environment Clearance for the further expansion, Padmapur Extension Deep Opencast Coal Mine, with capacity of 3.25 MTPA and increased lease area to 837.19 ha is pending before the MoEF&CC India. This expansion involves resettlement of 521 house oustees belonging to Kitadi village who are to re-located at a new site (under mutual agreement and consent and as per CIL‟s R & R Policies).
The Padmapur Opencast Mine is located near Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve and falls in the corridor of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Umred Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary, 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.
Tiger prowling in mines near Chandrapur causes alarm
Miners working at Durgapur and Padmapur mines of WCL near here are terrified of a tiger prowling in and around their mines. A sub-adult tiger entered Durgapur mine in daylight on Monday, and hundreds of workers watched as it moved along hardly 50 meters away. Durgapur and Padmapur mines fall under WCL Chandrapur area and are located on the fringes of the buffer zone of Tadoba. Labour leader Zia Ul Haque informed that the tiger was first seen on Sunday near the magazine between Durgapur and Padmapur mines. The beast attacked a cow in the morning, but the cow escaped as the entire herd of cows fled into WCL compound. The road passing along the Durgapur mine is the only road leading to Moharli gate of Tadoba, and a large number of tourists also travel along the road during the day. Haque demanded immediate measures to drive the tiger away from the mines. 
- Sponsor: Western Coalfields Limited
- Parent company: Coal India Limited
- Location: Padmapur Village, Chadrapur Tehsil & District, Maharashtra, India
- GPS coordinates: Latitude 20.030397, Longitude 79.314233
- Status: Operating
- Production Capacity: 2.5 million tonnes per year (MTPA)
- Total Resource: 26.45 million tonnes (2014) 
- Mineable Reserves: 11.45 million tonnes (Proven and Probable, 2014) 
- Coal Type: Non-coking coal, GCV 4717 Kcal/kg
- Mine Size: 733.58 hahectares
- Mine Type: Opencast
- Start Year: 1996-97
- Source of Financing:
- Permits and Applications: Environmental Clearance for expansion in production capacity from 2.34MTPA to 3.50MTPA, India MoEF&CC, 20 May, 2005
- Status: Proposed
- Size of Expansion: 2.5 MTPA to 3.25 MTPA
- Permits and Applications: ToR for Padmapur Extension Deep Opencast Coal Mine Project India MoEF&CC, 25th February, 2014], Project Report for Padmapur Extension Deep Opencast Coal Mine Project, CMPDI, December 2014.
Articles and Resources
- Environmental Clearance for expansion in production capacity from 2.34MTPA to 3.50MTPA, India MoEF&CC, 20 May, 2005
- ToR for Padmapur Extension Deep Opencast Coal Mine Project India MoEF&CC, 25th February
- Tiger prowling in mines near Chandrapur causes alarm Times of India article dated 27th September 2017
- Environmental Clearance, "PR for Padmapur Extension", Government of India Ministry for Environment, Forest, and Climate Change, Accessed June 2021
- Project Report for Padmapur Extension Deep Opencast Coal Mine Project, CMPDI, December 2014.