Talcher Coalfield
Talcher Coalfield is located in Odisha
Talcher Coalfield
Talcher Coalfield
Location in Odisha
Talcher Coalfield is located in India
Talcher Coalfield
Talcher Coalfield
Talcher Coalfield (India)
Coordinates20°58′N 85°08′E / 20.967°N 85.133°E / 20.967; 85.133Coordinates: 20°58′N 85°08′E / 20.967°N 85.133°E / 20.967; 85.133
CompanyMahanadi Coalfields Limited
Year of acquisition1992

Talcher Coalfield is located in Angul district in the Indian state of Odisha, in the valley of the Brahmani.

The coalfield

According to Geological Survey of India, the Talcher Coalfield has reserves of 38.65 billion tonnes, the highest in India.[1]

Talcher Coalfield covers an area of 500 km2 (190 sq mi). The coal is of lower grade containing only about 35 per cent of fixed carbon, 70 per cent volatile matter and 25 per cent ash content.[2] As of 2011, nearly one hundred thousand tonnes of coal is dispatched daily to power stations in Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and other parts of India.[3]


Coal was discovered in the Talcher Coalfields at Gopalprasad in 1837. Handidhua Colliery was opened by M/s Villiers in 1921. NCDC opened several mines – at South Balanda in 1960, Nandira in 1962 and Jagannath in 1972. Production rose from 0.91 million tonnes in 1972-73 to 33.10 million tonnes in 2001-02. Talcher Coalfield is subdivided into five production/ administrative areas: Talcher, Jagannath, Kalinga, Lingaraj and Hingula.[4][5][6]


Talcher Coalfield was linked by a rail line taking off from Nergundi on the east coast in 1922.[7]

See also: Jharsuguda-Vizianagaram line


  1. ^ "Coal Resources of India (As on 1.1.2004)" (PDF). Coal Wing, Geological Survey of India, Kolkata. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 March 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  2. ^ Majid Hussain, Geography of India (for Civil Service Exams), pp. 6-8, Tata McGraw Hill
  3. ^ "Rail roko hits coal supply in Talcher". The Telegraph. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  4. ^ "Talcher Coalfield". Mahanadi Coalfields Limited. Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  5. ^ "Collieries". IRFCA. Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  6. ^ "Mahanadi Coalfields Limited". Retrieved 31 August 2008.
  7. ^ Suhrid Sankar Chattopadhyay. "A saga of performance". Frontline, Vol 22, No 8, 12 – 25 March 2005. Retrieved 31 August 2008.