Heap Stead of Singareni Coal Fields.
Photographer: Dayal, Deen
Medium: Photographic print
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.