Kolkata: The second largest coal mine in the world, Deocha Pachami Harinsingha Dewanganj coal mines in Birbhum district has been allocated to Bengal after a long wait of three years.
On Friday morning, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “I am very happy to share with all of you that after a long wait of 3 years, #Bengal has got the allocation of the Deocha Pachami Harinsingha Dewanganj Coal Mines in Birbhum district.”
Making the announcement on Facebook, chief minister Mamata Banerjee wrote, “I am very happy to share with all of you that after a long wait of 3 years, West Bengal has got the allocation of the Deocha Pachami Harinsingha Dewanganj Coal Mines in Birbhum district.”
The chief minister added, “With an estimated reserve of 2102 million tonnes, it is the 2nd largest coal mine in the world. The mining project has huge potential of generating nearly a lakh of direct and indirect employment opportunities in Birbhum and neighbouring districts.”
The West Bengal government is exploring the option of underground mining for one of the largest coal blocks, Deocha Pachami, in the state as the conventional open cast would be a challenge, state Power Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay said on Friday.
Referring to the coal mine, Mamata added, “It will also involve investments worth Rs 12000 crores in the intermediate run. There will be huge socio economic development of Birbhum, the neighbouring districts and the entire state.” Necessary administrative infrastructure has already been set up to start the project immediately.