West Bokaro Coalfield

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West Bokaro Coalfield
West Bokaro Coalfield is located in Jharkhand
West Bokaro Coalfield
West Bokaro Coalfield
Location in Jharkhand
State Jharkhand
Country India
Coordinates 23°48′N 85°45′E / 23.800°N 85.750°E / 23.800; 85.750Coordinates: 23°48′N 85°45′E / 23.800°N 85.750°E / 23.800; 85.750
Company Central Coalfields Limited
Website http://ccl.gov.in/
Year of acquisition 1975

West Bokaro Coalfield is located in Hazaribagh and Ramgarh district in the Indian state of Jharkhand.


In 1917, L.S.S.O’Malley described the coalfields in the upper reaches of the Damodar as follows: "Near the western boundary of Jharia field is that of Bokaro, covering" 220 square miles (570 km2), "with an estimated content of 1,500 million tons; close by… is the Ramgarh field (40 square miles), in which, however, coal is believed to be of inferior quality. A still larger field in the same district is that called Karanpura, which extends over" 544 square miles (1,410 km2) "and has an estimated capacity of 9,000 million tons."[1]

The Coalfield[edit]

The Bokaro coalfield lies between 23° 45’ and 23° 50’ North latitude and 85° 30’ and 86° 03’ East longitude. It spreads 65 km from east to west and 10 to 16 km from north to south. Bokaro West and Bokaro East are two subdivisions of the field separated almost in the middle by Lugu Hill (height 960.9 m (3,153 ft)).[2]

Bokaro River passes through the West Bokaro and East Bokaro coalfields.[3][4]

West Bokaro Coalfield covers an area of 259 square kilometres (100 sq mi) and has total coal reserves of 4,246.30 million tonnes.[5]

Tata Steel owns and operates the open-cast West Bokaro collieries. It has the distinction of commissioning the country's first coal washery in 1951.[6]


In 1927, the Central India Coalfields Railway opened the Gomoh-Barkakana line. It was extended to Daltonganj in 1929. Later these lines were amalgamated with East Indian Railway.[7]


  1. ^ L.S.S. O’Malley, Bengal, Bihar and Orissa, Sikkim, p.87, Cambridge University Press, 1917 (paper back 2011) ISBN 978-1-107-60064-5
  2. ^ S.M.Casshyap. "A Reflectance Study of Certain Coals from the Bokaro Coalfield, Bihar" (PDF). University of Aligarh. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  3. ^ "Water pollution in Bokaro River". Supreme Court. Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  4. ^ "The real face of the Tatas: a Tata rap sheet". Retrieved 2010-05-03. 
  5. ^ Prasoon Kumar Singh, Gurdeep Singh and Brajendra Kumar Tiwary. "Critical Evaluation of Geo-Environmental Scenario of Damodar River Basin, Inia" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  6. ^ "Raw Materials - Coal". Tata Steel. Retrieved 2008-08-26. 
  7. ^ "Indian Railway History Timeline". Retrieved 2008-08-26.