Pengagna coal mine

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The Penganga Opencast Mining Project is operated by Western Coalfields Limited with a capacity of 4.5 million tonnes per annum near village Wirur, Tehsil Korpana, District Chandrapur in the State of Maharashtra.

The mine currently plans to expand its capacity to 6.3 million tonnes per annum.


The map below shows the location of the mines, near Sonurli village, Penganga River, Chandrapur district, Maharashtra state.

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Background on Mine

The Penganga Opencast mine is a 4.5 Million ton per annum capacity mine located in Wirur village, Korpana tehsil in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra. It is owned by Western Coalfields Limited (a subsidiary of state-owned Coal India). It is mainly going to cater thermal plants of MSEB, which supply electricity to Vidarbha. Most of the land involved in the area for the proposed mine is agricultural land which comprises of black cotton soil. The proposed project requires a diverting of 46.04 Ha of forest land.

The Public Hearing for the project was held on 3 March 2012 and Environemtn Clearance was granted on 31 January, 2013. The Project will displace 404 families from Wirur village which is to be relocated to a new site (under mutual agreement & consent and as per CIL’s R&R policies).[1]

Penganga Opencast mine is proposed for expansion from 4.5 MTPA to 6.3 MTPA in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra, south of the Mungoli OC mine in Maharashtra state, India.[2]

Threats to Wildlife

The proposed mining area falls in the wildlife corridor between Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Tipeshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Painganga Wildlife Sanctuary, Chaprala Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra and Kawal Tiger Reserve in Andhra Pradesh. In the notification issued by Government of Andhra Pradesh dated 10th April 2012 it was stated, ‘The main objective for the declaration of Kawal Tiger Reserve is "To protect, restore, manage and maintain representative biodiversity of Deccan plateau of Sahyadri Mountain Ranges along with ecological processes and conservation of wild genepool with focus on Tiger and to accommodate the viable spill over population by restoring the corridor with Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve and protect and manage the catchment of Godavari River." The proposed expansion of coal will further disturb the already fragmented corridor area, thereby impacting the movements of wildlife.[1]

Mine Details

Expansion Details

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External Articles

  • EC granted for Expansion of Penganga OC Mine dated 11.01.2019[2]
  • Kawal Tiger Reserve Notification dated 10.04.2012[3]

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