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Location of coal mines and coal repositories 

State-wise number of working coal mines across the country, State/UT-wise is given below:
Sl. No. State Number of working coal mines
1 West Bengal 75
2 Jharkhand 140
3 MP 70
4 UP 4
5 Chhattisgarh 57
6 Maharashtra 60
7 Odisha 29
8 Assam 4
9 Telangana 47
10 Jammu & Kashmir 4
11 Meghalaya 3
Total 493

 

                     New coal resources are continuously explored mainly through regional exploration. The block-wise/State-wise details of Regional exploration done in coal sector during 2016-17 under Promotional (Regional) Exploration scheme of Ministry of Coal is given below. The extraction from these blocks will start after completing detailed exploration and obtaining required clearances which will take about 70 months.

 

BLOCK State Coalfield
I. Promotional(Regional) Explored Blocks
Gaurangapur-Bankati West Bengal Raniganj
Sindhrawal MP Singrauli
Marwas MP Singrauli
Malka MP Sohagpur
Bihar MP Sohagpur
Harri MP Sohagpur
Androka Chattisgarh Bishrampur
Dharampur Chattisgarh Bishrampur
Northern Khar Nagaland Melak-Tsurang Valley

 

As per the Generation Planning studies carried out by Central Electricity Authority (CEA) for the year 2021-22, with 175 GW of Renewable Energy Sources (RES), it has been found that coal-based power plant will play a dominant role in Indian Power Sector. The energy contribution from coal-based power plants is likely to increase to1072 BU by 2021-22. As such, there will be no serious effect on coal based thermal power plants.

Government of India has set an ambitious target of 175 GW from Renewable energy sources (RES) by 2022, which comprises of 100 GW Solar, 60GW from Wind, 10 GW from Biomass and 5 GW from Small Hydro..

This information was given by the Minister of Railways and Coal Shri Piyush Goyal  in a written reply to a question in  Rajya  Sabha.

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