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Overview

Chanch/Victoria Area is the lone area of BCCL partly situated in West Bengal and partly in the State of Jharkhand. It covers an area of about 32 Sq. KM. of BCCL. Chanch/Victoria Area i.e. C/V Area is well connected by rail and road. Kulti, Barakar, Kumardhubi & Mugma Rly. Stations on the Grand Chord line of E. C. Rly. Serve this area. G.T Road ( N H-2) passes through this Area. Panchet Road branching off Old G.T Road at Chirkunda passes through NLOCP Rly. Siding and proposed Coal Washery and serves as approach road to Basantimata Dahibari Colliery. Barakar and Khudia River passes through this Area forming main drainage system. Maithon Dam as well as Maa Kalyaneswary Mandir is situated at the North of C/V Area while Panchet Dam as well as Gangtikuli Delta is situated in the South side of C/V Area. Coal is mined in this Area through Pits, Inclines as well as opencast method, both departmental and contractual. Before takeover the mines were operated by different mine owners like : – Bengal Coal Co. Ltd., Katras Jharia Coal Co. Ltd., New Birbhum Coal Co., Oriental Coal Co. Ltd., Brahmbadev Sinha & Co., East Chaptoria Coal Co., East Ramnagar Colliery & Md. Usuf and some other colliery owners. During the takeover of the mines in 1972 in BCCL from private mine owners, the data like leasehold area, underground mine planning, production capacity was unknown. However, most of the mines were further reorganized. The following Table depicts the mines that were existing prior to nationalization and their present status

Sl. No. Name of Nationalised mine vested in BCCL Name of the Pre-nationalised mine Open cast mine Under ground mine Abn./ closed mine/ Opera-ting mine
1 Begunia Begunia   Y   Y
2 Victoria West Victoria West   Y   N
3 Victoria Victoria   Y Y  
4 Basantimata Basantimata   Y   Y
    East Palasha        
    Jamdohi Basantimata        
    Palasia        
    Shri Raghunathji        
5 Dahibari-Basantimata Dahibari Y     Y
    Ramkrishna        
6 New Laikdih OCP Junkundar Y   Y  
7 Laikdih Deep Laikdih Deep   Y   N
8 Chanch Chanch   Y Y  
9 Damagoria East Ramnagar   Y Y  
Chaptoria Y   Y  
Borira Y     Y
Damagoria Y     Y

Location The location of the above mines is as under:

Sl No. Name of the Mine Latitude Longitude
1 Dahibari Basantimata OCP 23o42’20” & 23o44’40” N 86o43’35” & 86o47’06” E
2 Basantimata UG 23o 43′ 20″ to 23o 44′ 40″ N 86o 43′ 35″ to 86o 46′ E
3 New Laikdih OCP 23043’15” to 23044’10” N 86046’30” to 86047’30″E
4 Laikdih Deep UG 23042’30” to 23043’20” N 86047’30” to 86048’25″E
5 Chanch UG 23044’48” to 23044’06” N 86046’30” to 86047’55″E
6 Begunia ug 23043’8″ to 23044’4″ N 86047’46” to 86049’46″E
7 Victoria West ug 23043’54” to 23045’06” N 86048’00” to 86050’05″E
8 Victoria ug 23044’19” to 23045’47” N 86050’20” to 86051’25” E
9 Damagoria 23045′ 28″ to 230 45′ 40″ 860 51′ 10″ to 860 52′ 40″

Details of Lease Hold Area

Sl No. Name of the Mine Lease Area (Ha) Situated in the State
1 Begunia UG 283.13 West – Bengal
2 Victoria West UG 330.00 West – Bengal
3 Victoria UG 220.00 West – Bengal
4 Damagoria 494.72 West – Bengal
5 Dahibari Basantimata OCP 385.68 Jharkhand
6 Basantimata UG 417.00 Jharkhand
7 New Laikdih OCP 305.1 Jharkhand
8 Laikdih Deep UG 281.00 Jharkhand
9 Chanch UG 575.43 Jharkhand

Present Mine Including Hired HEMM Patch

Sl No. Name of the Mine Present Status Situated in the State
1 Begunia UG Operating West – Bengal
2 Victoria West UG Discontinue West – Bengal
3 Victoria UG Abandoned West – Bengal
4 Damagoria Discontinue West – Bengal
5 Dahibari Basantimata OCP Operating Jharkhand
6 Basantimata UG Operating Jharkhand
7 New Laikdih OCP Abandoned Jharkhand
8 Laikdih Deep UG Discontinue Jharkhand
9 Chanch UG Abandoned Jharkhand
10 Hired Basantimata OC Patch Operating Jharkhand

To supply washed coal to the consumer an 1.6 MTPA Coal Washery has been proposed at NLOCP. One Rail Bridge and one Road Bridge over Khudia River are also likely to be constructed in the near future.

LOCATION PLAN OF CHANCH/VICTORIA AREA COAL RESERVE Mineable Reserve(in Million Tonne) Within the Lease Hold of Chanch/Victoria Area.

I. Open cast Mines

Colliery Seam/s Thickness ( mtr.) Grade Mineable Reserve( Mt) Remarks
on Pillar Virgin Total
Dahibari OCP Reserve in between Dahibari OCP and Khudia River G.P.(Top) G.P.(Bott.) B.P.(Top) B.P.(Bott.) K.M.(Gr.) G.P.(Top) G.P.(Bott.) B.P.(Top) B.P.(Bott.) K.M.(Gr.) 1.67-3.05 6.67-9.83 6.95-7.20 1.33-3.62 12.84-20.60 — — 4.85 – 5.95 2.11-2.83 15.46-16.37 C C C C C – 2.67 2.56 1.00 8.28 G.P.Top Exhausted Present mineable Reserve 11.16Mt. S/R-1 : 2.01 G.P.Top Exhausted G.P.Bott. Exhausted
Total — — C C C — — 1.95 0.43 – — — — 0.56 7.19 14.51 — — 1.95 0.99 7.19
Total     10.13
Kalyanchak New Seam 13.0 W-I & W-II   1.32 1.32 S/R- 1 : 4.21
Ramkrishna ( Sector-I) New Seam 3.0 W-III 0.25 0.25 S/R- 1 : 8.12
Dhankora Jograd Laikdih 1.01-3.04 23.0-32.92 W-II W-II/Jh. 0.12 1.10 0.49 13.43 0.61 14.53 S/R- 1 : 3.12 Note: – Laikdih seam contains 60% Jhama PR not approved. Thickly populated and no of surface constraints.
Total     15.14
Chaptoria L-11 L-10 Sal-D Sal-C 0.78-0.87 0.69-1.70 1.70-2.71 5.82-7.57 W-II W-II/Jh W-II/Jh W-II/Jh..   0.15 0.59 0.15 0.59 0.83 3.20 S/R- 1 : 4.24 Note: – Reserve includes 44% Jh. Approved project land acquisition is under process.
Total     4.77
Borira LKD(Top) LKD(Mid) LKD(Bott) 0.65-4.00 0.81-1.65 11.50-15.40 WI/Jh. WI/Jh. W-I/Jh     0.43 0.38 5.69 Present Mineable reserve 5.27Mt. 43% Jhama Discontinued from 2002 due to non-availability of DGMS permission. S/R- 1 : 3.42
Total     6.50
Kalyaneswary Dip side extention North side extention LKD(Bott) Sal-D Sal-C L-8 L-7 L-6 L-3 L-2 Sal-B Sal-A 5.15-15.46 0.31-5.60 3.84-12.06 0.23-2.77 0.30-2.51 0.73-8.26 0.30-2.35 0.39-2.65 4.3-11.25 30.93-48.35 W-I/Jh WII/Jh .WII/Jh WII WII WII WII WII C/D/Jh C/D/Jh     1.14 3.48 10.35 2.59 2.96 4.48 0.25 2.02 15.90 61.93 P.R. is being prepared by CMPDIL. S/R-1:4.33 S/R- 1 : 4.59 S/R- ! : 2.98
Total     105.10 88.66 65.02

Total OCP Mines 311.40 II. Under Ground Mines

  Colliery Seam/s Thickness ( mtr.) Grade Mineable Reserve(Mt) Remarks
On Pillar Virgin Total
  Begunia Begunia 3.0 St-I 0.45 0.45 Presently being worked.
  Basantimata G.P. TOP G.P. BOTT K.M. TOP B.Pur. 1.8-2.0 5.0-6.0 5.0-6.0 5.5 C C C C 0.40 6.35 2.48 – 0.30 – 1.00 3.80 0.70 6.35 3.48 3.80 Being worked through Sushil Inc. Dev. Completed, presently production discontinued Dev. Being done through Palasia Inc. Proposed to be worked through Reverse Inc.
Total     14.33
  Laikdih Deep Jograd 1.5-2.0 W-II 0.44 0.99 1.43 Discontinued since 1999 due unfavourable geo-mining condition.
  Victoria West Laikdih 15.0-24.0 St-II 1.20 0.70 1.90 Discontinued due to fire since 2001
  Victoria Laikdih 8.0-16.0 St-II 3.89 3.89 Closed due to fire since 1986.

Total Underground Mines 22.00 Million tone. Total U/G +OCP Mines- 333.40 Millon Tonne Fire & Subsidence Due to underground mine fire the collieries below has been abandoned or discontinued for production: – 1) Victoria – Abandoned in the year 1989 2) Laikdih Deep – Laikdih Seam discontinued in the year 1986 3) Victoria West – Laikdih Seam discontinued in the year 2001 However due to fire in underground no effect has been observed on the surface. Subsidence: – Due to old workings before nationalization some of the area are effected which uncontrollable and are covered under Jharia Action Plan. The areas are : – 1) Barakar Township 2) Near Heslop pit of Victoria. 3) A part of Baltoria under Victoria West. 4) A portion of Doomurkonda Village and some quarter of Laikdih Colliery under Laikdih Deep Colliery. FUTURE PLANNING. 1) To enhance underground production a new district has been started in Brindabanpur seam of Basantimata Colliery. Only one SDL has been engaged to prepare the district. It is proposed to deploy 3 more SDLs in the district for an output of 500 Tonee per day. 2) Another Hire OCP Patch has been identified at Dahibari OCP to work up to Gopinathpur Bottom seam. Tendering procedure is under process. It may give an output of about 0.25 million tone per annum.3) To supply washed coal to the consumer a washery of 1.6 MTPA is going to be constructed at NLOCP very near to the siding