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Heap Stead of Singareni Coal Fields.

Heap Stead of Singareni Coal Fields.

Photographer: Dayal, Deen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Photo 430/6(38)

Item number: 38

Length: 19.6

Width: 26.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

View of the Singareni Coal Fields, photographed by Deen Dayal in the 1880s, from the Curzon Collection: 'Views of HH the Nizam's Dominions, Hyderabad, Deccan, 1892'. The history of coal mining in India dates back to the 18th century with the formation of the Raniganj coalfieds in West Bengal. In 1871 Dr. King of the Geological Survey of India discovered coal near the village of Yellandu in Khamman, Andhra Pradesh. Coal mining on a large scale began in 1886 when the Hyderabad (Deccan) Company Limited acquired rights to mine in the area. By 1911 the Singareni coal mine had an annual production of nearly half a million tonnes.

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