COAL RESERVES IN INDIA
As on 01.04.2019, a total inventory of 326.495 billion tones of coal reserves is prepared by the Geological Survey of India, on the basis of resources estimated by CMPDI, MECL, GSI, SCCL and some Private/Public Enterpreneurs, out of which, Prime coking coal is 5.313 billion tones, medium and semi coking coal are 29.690 billion tones, Non-Coking Coal is 289.869 billion tones and Tertiary coal ( High Sulphur ) is 1.623 billion tonnes.
State-wise coal reserves in India as on 01.04.2019 is as follows:
*Others – NE States, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar
COALFIELDS IN ODISHA
Considering the statewise inventory of geological resources of coal, India has 50 nos. of Gondwana coalfields and 18 nos. of Tertiary coalfields. Out of these, Odisha state has two coalfields with a share of 24.76% of total inventory of the country. With two Gondwana coalfields namely Talcher coalfield and Ib River coalfield, Odisha is second largest state with coal inventory of 80.840 BT .
Talcher coalfield, Odisha, is having the pride of highest geological reserve of 51.220 BT in the country, whereas Ib River coalfield has the third highest geological reserve of 29.620BT in the country.