North Karanpura Coalfield

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North Karanpura Coalfield
North Karanpura is located in Jharkhand
North Karanpura
North Karanpura
Location in Jharkhand
Coordinates23°43′41″N 85°30′22″E / 23.72806°N 85.50611°E / 23.72806; 85.50611Coordinates: 23°43′41″N 85°30′22″E / 23.72806°N 85.50611°E / 23.72806; 85.50611
CompanyCentral Coalfields Limited
Year of acquisition1975

North Karanpura Coalfield is located in Ranchi, Hazaribagh, Ramgarh and Chatra districts in the Indian state of Jharkhand. The coalfield spreads over to Palamu district.


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]

There are large numbers of seams in the North Karanpura Coalfield, some with thicknesses over 72 feet.[2]

North Karnpura Coalfield covers an area of 1,230 square kilometres (470 sq mi) and has total coal reserves of 13,110.84 million tonnes.[3]


In 1927, Bengal Nagpur Railway opened the 72-mile (116 km) Chandil-Barkakana section to traffic. In the same year the Central India Coalfields Railway opened the Gomoh-Barkakana line. It was extended to Daltonganj in 1929. Later these lines were amalgamated with East India Railway.[4]Once the Koderma-Hazaribagh-Barkakana line is completed (expected in 2014), it will mean a new outlet for coal from the area. [5]

Coal-bed methane[edit]

ONGC’s preliminary assessment of coal-bed methane indicates that four Damodar Valley coalfields – Jharia, Bokaro, North Karanpura and Raniganj – to be the most prospective.[6]


  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. ^ "The Hazaribagh District" (PDF). Geology and Mineral Resources. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  3. ^ 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.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Indian Railway History Timeline". Archived from the original on 2012-07-14. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  5. ^ "Koderma-Hazaribagh-Ranchi railway line is now staring at a 2014 deadline". The Telegraph, 19 January 2011. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  6. ^ "Coal Bed Methane" (PDF). CBM Potential in India. Eastern Coalfields Limited. Retrieved 2008-08-26.