West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee said that at least one lakh jobs will be created once the Deocha Pachami coal block in Birbhum district operationalizes. Expressing hope that the coal extracted will be sufficient to generate electricity for 100 years Ms Banerjee said “On people fearing that they will lose their lands due to the project. As of now, the area earmarked for the coal block is uninhabited and nobody owns any land there, so there is no problem. One lakh jobs will be created which will solve the problem of unemployment."
The world’s second largest coal block, with an estimated reserve of 2.1 billion tonnes, was allocated to West Bengal by the Centre in June, 2018. The coal block has the potential to bring in investments to the tune of INR 12,000 crore over a period of time. Spread over 9.7 square kilometer, the block is located in the south western part of Birbhum.