Talabira coal mines

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{{#badges:CoalSwarm|Navbar-Indiacoal}}The Talabira coal mines are a network of coal mines in Odisha state, India.


The map below shows the Talabira-I mine, near Talabira village, Sambalpur district, Odisha state. Talabira-II and -III are located nearby.[1]

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The 3 million ton-per-annum Talabira-I coal mine was formerly owned by Hindalco Industries (a subsidiary of the Aditya Birla Group).[2] It was reauctioned in February 2015, and bought by GMR Chhattisgarh Energy, a subsidiary of the GMR Group.[3]

Talabira-II and -III

The Talabira-II coal block was formerly owned by Hindalco Industries, but was never mined. This coal block allocation was particularly scandalous, and was an important driver in the reallocation of dozens of coal blocks across India in early 2015.[4][5] Talabira-III was allocated to Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (a subsidiary of state-owned Coal India), but it was also never mined.[6] It is not clear to whom the two blocks have been reallocated, or whether they have even been reallocated yet at all.

Mine Details

  • Sponsor: GMR Chhattisgarh Energy
  • Parent company: GMR Group
  • Location: Talabira village, Sambalpur district, Odisha state, India
  • Coordinates: 21.73406, 83.98653 (approximate)
  • Status: Operating (Talabira-I); Proposed (Talabira-II & -III)
  • Capacity: Talabira-I: 3 MTPA
  • Reserves: Talabira-I: 37.6 MT
  • In service:
  • Permits:
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  • Mining method:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. Hindalco Talabira 1 Coal Mines, Wikimapia, accessed May 2015.
  2. Talabira I Mine, MSTC, accessed May 2015.
  3. GMR bags Odisha’s Talabira I coal block as auction begins, Business Odisha, 15 Feb. 2015.
  4. Kaunain Sherrif, CBI completes probe in Talabira II case, Indian Express, 20 Feb. 2015.
  5. Video: The Allocation Saga Of Talabira II & III Blocks, Bloomberg TV India, 11 Mar. 2015.
  6. Manish Tewari, Talabira-II upheld federal principles, The Asian Age, 15 Mar. 2015.

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