Sasti coal mine

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The Sasti mine is an opencast project, operated by Western Coalfield Limited, a subsidiary of Coal India, producing 2.5 million tonnes per annum in Sasti, Tehsil Rajura, District Chandrapur, Maharashtra, India.


The satellite image below shows the area of the mine in village Sasti, Tehsil Rajura, District Chandrapur, Maharashtra.

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Background on Mine

The Sasti Expansion OC mine of 2.50 Million Tonnes Per Anum (MTPA) capacity is owned by Western Coalfields Limited, a subsidiary of Coal India Limited. The Environment Clearance (EC) for the expansion from 1.6 MTPA to 2.5 MTPA and lease area from 714.09 ha to 919.69 ha was granted on 17th May 2007 by MoEF. [1]

The Sasti Expansion 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.

River Wardha flows at a distance of 2.5 km from the ML boundary. Gouri nullah, a tributary of River Wardha, flows along the 3 sides of the lease boundary. The project involves modification of the natural drainage by strengthening of a seasonal nallah flowing within the ML. [2]

Western Coalfields Ltd (WCL) unearths scam in Sasti mines

The state's thermal power stations have often proved they were supplied inferior quality coal from Western Coalfields Ltd. (WCL). A scam uncovered by the vigilance department of WCL at Sasti opencast mine under WCL Ballarpur Area in Chandrapur district shows why this is so. Sources in WCL's vigilance department told TOI that the loading of coal in trucks deployed by private companies was going on in an illegal manner for the last 18 months. "WCL deploys loading machines at the coal stocks to load the trucks of purchasers. WCL gives contract of loading to private agencies. WCL WCL could not appoint the private contractor at Sasti coal stock for the last 18 months. Still, loading of coal was going on by deploying machines of a private agency working at Sasti railway siding. The department received complaint in this regard. A raid was conducted and two loading machines were seized," said the sources. [3]

Mine Details

  • Sponsor: Western Coalfield Limited
  • Parent company: Coal India Limited
  • Location: village Sasti, Tehsil Rajura, District Chandrapur, Maharashtra
  • GPS coordinates: 19.784722 to 19.818056 and 79.308333 to 79.305556
  • Status: Operating
  • Production Capacity: 2.5 MTPA
  • Total Resource:
  • Mineable Reserves:
  • Coal Type:
  • Mine Size: 919.69 ha
  • Mine Type: Opencast with shovel-dumper combination
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Source of Financing: Coal India Limited
  • Permits and Applications: Environment Clearance, India MoEF, 17th May 2007

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