West Bengal has been allotted the Deocha Pachami Harinsingha Dewanganj coal mines - the world's second largest coal mine - located in Birbhum district by the Centre, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said today.
"I am very happy to share with all of you that after a long wait of three years, #Bengal has got the allocation of the Deocha Pachami Harinsingha Dewanganj Coal Mines in Birbhum District," Banerjee tweeted.
She said, "With an estimated reserve of 2,102 million tonnes, it is the second largest coal mine in the world."
Banerjee said the mining project has the potential of generating nearly one lakh jobs in Birbhum and neighbouring districts, and added that it would also involve investments worth Rs 12,000 crore in the intermediate run.
"Altogether, there will be a huge socio-economic development of Birbhum, the neighbouring districts and the entire state," she said.
The chief minister said necessary administrative infrastructure had already been set up to start the project.
The block is located in the south-western part of Birbhum coalfield area in Deucha and Panchamati area adjoining the Dewanganj block. It is spread over an area of 9.7 sq km.
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