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Top Coal Mines in India Struggle to Expand as Protests Slow Work

  • Locals are refusing to vacate land slated for mine expansions
  • Domestic coal demand has risen as nation curbs costly imports

Protests over land sold for mine expansions in one of India’s top coal regions are hindering efforts to boost production and avoid a repeat of last year’s energy crunch.

Residents in the central state of Chhattisgarh, where Coal India Ltd. operates some of Asia’s biggest coal mines, have accused the producer of reneging on offers of employment made under sale agreements.