Maharashtra preserves 3.44 per cent of the total coal reserves of the country

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Maharashtra preserves 3.44 per cent of the total coal reserves of the country and contributes 9.29% of the total national output.

The bulk of the deposits lie in Chandrapur (Wardlia valley), Nagpur (Kamptee), and Yeotmal (Ballarpur and Wun) dis­tricts which are utilised by the railways and thermal power stations at Trombay, Chola (Kalyan), Khaperkheda, Paras, Bhusawal, Ballarshah, Nashik and Koradi.

(a) Wardha valley coal-fields at Chandrapur, Ghughus and Warora are important with total esti­mated reserves of4, 240 million tonnes of low grade coal. Here coal has 9.78%-ll% of moisture, 29.60- 35.35% of volatile matter, 41.12-80.50% of fixed carbon and 14.15-18.06% of ash content.

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(b) Kamptee coalfield lies north of Kanhan railway station in Nagpur district. Its one seam lies below 25 m of depth and has a thickness of 7 m. Here estimated coal reserves are 1,372 million tones. The composition includes 7.84% of moisture, 30.90% of volatile matter, 38.33% of fixed carbon, and 22.72% of ash.

(c) Bander coal field with estimated reserve of 200 million tones covers a total area of 15.36 sq km. It has four workable coal seams.

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