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Nagaland has mined 315.41m tons of Coal



Dimapur, February 11 (MExN): Since April 2011, Nagaland state has “accessed” at least 3 million tones of coal, a colossal increase of 295.5 % from November 2008 when the state “accessed” a comparatively miniscule 0.11% (295.5 million tones).  The figures presented by project assessment and update new agency, Project Monitor, is surprising for the reason that coal exploration and extraction in Nagaland is still primarily an unorganized and often debated sector.  
According to Project Monitor, in a News Bureau report filed on February 06, 2012, the total coal reserves “assessed” by 14 states, including Nagaland, is at 286 billion tonnes.
About 2.72 lakh meters of exploratory drilling was carried out during 2008-09, which converted 2.74 billion tonnes of coal reserves into ‘proved category’. The subsequent two years 2009-10 and 2010-11 witnessed 4.70 and 4.92 lakh meters of detailed exploratory drilling that resulted in 2.70 billion tonnes and 2.17 billion tonnes of resources, respectively, of the proven category. During the 12th Plan 49.55 lakh meters drilling is envisaged to convert about 74.85 billion tonnes of resources into ‘proved category’ by the Central Mine Planning & Design Institute and its agencies.
As per the estimate and inventory prepared by Geological Survey of India, the total assessed coal resources were placed at 285.9 billion tones as on April 1, 2011. Of this, Jharkhand accounted for 28 per cent, Odisha 24 per cent, Chhattisgarh 17 per cent, and Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh around 8 per cent each. Thus, around 85 per cent of the country’s coal resources, which form the base for thermal power and several other manufacturing industries like cement and steel, are in these five states only. Coal has in recent years proved a powerful pull for all big-ticket projects in mining, power and metal sectors.

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