Nagaland has a total estimated coal resource of 410 million tonnes (MT). This information was made available in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha on March 7 last.
The data provided is as per “The inventory of Geological Resources of Indian Coal” (as on 01.04.2017) prepared by the Geological Survey of India. According to the inventory, Nagaland has a Measured (Proved) coal resource of 9 MT while the Inferred resource amounts to 402 MT.
The total estimated coal resources in the country is 315.149 billion tonnes and every year about 3 to 5 billion tonnes of resources are being added through fresh exploration to the Coal Inventory of India. The total coal extracted from the coalfields of India during 2016-17 is 655.31 MT. Jharkhand has the highest coal resource among all states with a total of 82440 MT while Odisha is second with 77285 MT.
Among the North Eastern states, Meghalaya leads the pack with a total of 576 MT while Assam is a close second with 525 MT. However, Assam has 465 MT of measured resources while Meghalaya only has 89 MT of measured resources with 471 MT accounted as inferred resource.
Sikkim and Arunachal with a total of 101 and 90 MTs respectively are the other NE states with coal resources.