Jharia coal mines

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{{#badges:CoalSwarm|Navbar-Indiacoal}}Jharia coal mines is a 30 million ton-per-annum (MTPA) system of coal mines on the Jharia coalfield in Jharkhand state, India.


The map below shows the entire Jharia coalfield, in Dhanbad District, Jharkhand State (the gray areas are mostly coal mines). The coalfield extends from about 23.6 to 23.8 N, and from 86.1 to 86.5 W. It lies in the western half of Dhanbad District.

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Background on Mine

The Jharia coalfield is home to dozens of coal mines, both surface and underground, owned by Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL), a subsidiary of Indian state-owned Coal India.[1][2]

Coal Fires

The Jharia coalfield is home to a massive group of coal fires, first detected in 1916 and burning ever since. In August 2006 the Indian government announced plans to relocate all 400,000 people in the township of Jharia, due to ongoing subsidence and other hazards from the coal fires.[3]

Mine Details

  • Sponsor: Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL)
  • Parent company: Coal India (Gov't of India)
  • Location: Dhanbad District, Jharkhand State, India
  • Coordinates: 23.752, 86.311 (approximate) (ca. 23.6-23.8 N, 86.1-86.5 W)
  • Status: Operating
  • Capacity: 30 MTPA
  • Reserves: 19,430 MT[4]
  • In service:
  • Permits:
  • Coal type:
  • Mining method: Both underground and surface
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. Area, BCCL website, accessed May 2015.
  2. List of Coal Mines in Dhanbad, Dhanbad District website, accessed May 2015.
  3. Law Kumar Mishra, Jharia to be shifted, Times of India, 31 Aug. 2006.
  4. 2012-13 Coal Directory of India, Ministry of Coal, 2014, p. 2.7.

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