Gourangdih ABC Coal Block : An Important milestone for WBMDTCL
  • The Ministry of Coal, Government of India has allocated to WBMDTCL the Gourangdih ABC coal block located in the Paschim Bardhaman district of West Bengal, vide order no. 103/6/2016/NA dated 29 September 2016.
  • The mine is located at a distance of about 20 km from Asansol. The Gourangdih ABC coal block has been allocated to WBMDTCL for the purpose of commercial mining under the host state category.
  • Gourangdih abc coal block has been allocated for commercial mining and as per the terms of allotment agreement at least 25% of the coal produce is to be sold to MSME sector in West Bengal. The remaining coal may be offer to byers through a transparent e-auction process.
Salient Features of Gourangdih ABC Coal Mine
  • Total area of the block : 370 Ha.
    • Sector A : 127.53 Ha.
    • Sector B : 90.83 Ha.
    • Sector C : 161.64 Ha.
  • Reserved under sector b can't be mined due to dense population and heavily built up area on the surface.
  • Consequently out of the net geological reserve of 129.12 Mt, the available reserves for mining are as below:
    • Sector A : 27.18 Metric Tonne
    • Sector C : 41.20 Metric Tonne
    • Total: 68.38 Metric Tonne
  • The overall stripping ratio is 2.9 Cubic. Metric Tonne
  • Average grade of coal – G : 8 to G-10.
Status of Statutory approvals of Goura ngdih ABC
As per the allotment order, the scheduled date of commencement of production of coal is 44 months from the date of allotment i.e 29.09.2016. To adhere to the scheduled milestones, WBMDTCL submitted Bank Guarantee of Rs. 42.375 Crore . Till date WBMDTCL is adhering to all the scheduled dates.
Milestone Date Of Completion Present Status
Mining Lease Application 28-10-2016 Mining Lease application submitted to Govt of West Bengal
Previous Approval 12-01-2018 Vide letter No.F.No.13016/01/2017-CBA-llDated 12.01.2018, MoC, Gol has granted Administrative Approval to the GoWB u/s 5(1) of the MM(D&R) Act,1957 for granting of Mining Lease for Coal.
Forest Clearance Not Completed 1. Proposal No. FP/WB/MIN/26869/2017 for diversion of 109.459 Ha Forest Land has been forwarded by the State Government to H.Q., MoEFCC on 16-01-2019. H.Q, MoEFCC forwarded to Addl. PCCF (Central), Regional Office (EZ), Bhubaneswar for SIR on 21-02-2019.
Environment Clearance Not Completed TOR has been issued by the MoEFCC on 29.09.2017. EIA/EMP reports have been submitted to WBPCB on 16-07-2018. Public Hearing held on 20-09-2018. Minutes of Public Hearing sent by Sr. Environmental Engineer (EIM Cell), WBPCB to the Member Secretary, EAC, MoEFCC, GOI on 04-10-2018. Final EIA/EMP has been submitted to EC Monitoring Cell, MoEFCC, GOI on 25-02-2019.
Grant of mining lease 23-02-2018 Granted by IC&E Department, GowB vide No. 143- Cl/O/ MIN/GEN-COL/03/2016 dated 23.02.2018.
Selection Of MDO Not Completed Draft RFP along with CMA has been prepared. Govt. Approval is awaited.