Coal and Mining Sector

Places in news: Deucha Pachami Coal Mines


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Deucha-Pachami Mines

Mains level : Not Much

Thousands of Tribals fear displacement following the implementation of the project to mine coals and basalts from the Deucha-Pachami coal block in West Bengal’s Birbhoom district.

Deucha-Pachami Mines

  • Deucha-Pachami-Dewanganj-Harinsinga coal block is the second-largest coal block in the world; it is the largest in India.
  • It is located in Deucha and Panchamati area under Mohamad bazar community Development Block of Birbhum district, West Bengal.
  • The block has a thick coal seam trapped between equally thick layers of rocks, mostly basalt. It has a great economic value.
  • The existence of these thick basalt layers, however, makes mining of coal difficult; foreign investment and technology will be hence needed for mining.


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