Bilaspur Research Center

Our Mandate


The research centre aspires to be globally recognised self-sustainable centre of excellence for providing catalytic R&D supports to the industry in the areas of Coal Science and Rock Engineering leading to societal upliftment of people of the country


About us

CIMFR Research Centre Bilaspur is the only CSIR research Centre in Chhattisgarh state. The Centre provides not only technical services but also important R & D services to coal exploratory organisations, coal producers and coal user industries of the region. The centre is equipped with modern and sophisticated infrastructure for coal analysis, the centre with NABL accreditation has highest level of accuracy in testing of coal and solid fuels. We have a vision to be a torch bearer for entire coal sector, both the producers and consumers. CIMFR boasts of expertise in coal characterization, Coal utilization technologies, value added products from coal and coal washability studies.

Recently a new dimension has been added to CIMFR Bilaspur in the form of expertise in mining science domain area with specialisation in rock mechanics and rock engineering. The centre is fast growing up adding new laboratory facilities for all testing works like Physio-mechanical tests on rock samples, rock mass characterisation. The centre is providing technical service in the form of sponsored and applied research projects for optimisation of drilling and blasting for open cast and underground mines, Tunnel engineering, evaluation of damage potential of the blast induced ground vibration and air overpressure.


Our Expertise

Fuel Science:

  • Resource Quality Assessment of borehole coal cores received from GSI, CMPDI and other state drilling organisations.

List of available testing facilities:

  • Logging of borehole core coal samples.
  • Proximate Analysis
  • Determination of Total Moisture.
  • Determination of Moisture on 96% relative humidity.
  • Determination of Equilibrated Moisture on standard condition of 60% relative humidity & on 40-degree temp.
  • Determination of Gross Calorific Value (GCV).
  • Ultimate analysis (C, H, N & S).
  • Distribution of Sulphur in coal.
  • Hard grove Grindability Index (HGI).
  • Swelling Index (SI).
  • LTGK coke type.
  • Determination of Ash Fusion Temperature.
  • Determination of Elemental Ash constituents.


  • Sampling of coal like; seam sampling, conveyor belt sampling, heap sampling, rake sampling, wagon sampling, ship sampling etc.
  • Quality assessment of coal at loading and unloading ends.
  • Characterization of solid fuels (coal, coke and biomass).
  • Development of micro porous carbon (activated carbon) and Nano Materials
  • Washability study of non-coking coal.

Mining Science

  • Optimisation of Drill and Blast Design parameters for
  • Civil Infrastructures Project
  • Railway and Highway Tunnel
  • Hydro power sector
  • Metro Project


  • Controlled Blasting Techniques for rock excavation in Metro project
  • Blasting Vibration Control Study
  • Tunnel Blast Design
  • Evaluation of Blast Damage Potential
  • NATM Construction
  • Rock Mass Characterisation
  • Vibration and Air Overpressure Study for DGMS Regulatory purpose
  • Pre-split blasting and smooth blasting techniques
  • Overbreak Control Techniques for Tunnels and Underground Excavation
  • Optimisation of blast fragmentation
  • Training to Mining and Civil Engineers for Civil Construction Project


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Bilaspur Research Center
Dr. Shripal Singh Chief Scientist & Scientist-in charge E-mail : shripal_singh[at]yahoo[dot]co[dot]uk
, 09923105567 (M)
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Dr. Harsh Verma

Sr. Principal Scientist & HOS E-mail : drharshverma[at]cimfr[dot]nic[dot]in, drharsh77[at]gmail[dot]com
Phone : +91-9412978538 (M)
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Dr. (Mrs.) Manjula Sharaff Sr. Technical Officer (2) E-mail : manjula98[at]cimfr[dot]nic[dot]in, manjulasharaff[at]yahoo[dot]com
Phone : 07752-271585 (O), 09329686141 (M)
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MR. Prakash Kumar Singh Technical Officer E-mail : prakash[dot]cimfr[at]cimfr[dot]nic[dot]in, Rrajprakash87[at]gmail[dot]com
Phone : 07752-271586 (O), 9990638910 (M)
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Mr. Pushpendra Patel Technical Officer E-mail : ppatel92[at]cimfr[dot]nic[dot]in pushpendrapatel15[at]gmail[dot]com
Phone : 8871282819
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Mr. Suresh Chandra Dansena Technical Officer E-mail : dansena[at]cimfr[dot]nic[dot]in, suresh[dot]dansena[at]gmail[dot]com
Phone : 07752-271585 (O), 9826702096
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Mr. Kunwar Ambarish Singh Technical Officer E-mail : kunwar[dot]ambarish[at]gmail[dot]com
Phone : 07752-271584 (O), +91 94527 09197 (M)
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Dr. (Mrs.) Swati Singh Technical Assistant E-mail : sweetswati253[at]gmail[dot]com
Phone : 9412460238
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Mr. Sunny Murmu Junior Secretariat Assistant E-mail : murmusunny94[at]gmail[dot]com
Phone : 8797768002, 9199437177 (M)
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Mr. Rajkumar Soni Lab Assistant E-mail : rksoni[at]cimfr[dot]nic[dot]in, soni.rajkumar[at]yahoo[dot]com
Phone : 07752-271450 (O), 09827976596 (M)
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Mr. Reshamlal Mandrey Gr. D (NT) E-mail : rlmandrey[at]cimfr[dot]nic[dot]in, reshamlalmandrey[at]yahoo[dot]com
Phone : 07752-411328 (O), 9098362208 (M)
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Mr. Krishna Rai Tiwari Gr. D (NT) E-mail : krtiwari63[at]yahoo[dot]com
Phone : 07752-271583 (O), 09827961112 (M)
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Mr. Sagar Karwa Gr. D (NT) E-mail : sagarkarwa[at]cimfr[dot]nic[dot]in, sagarkarwa78[at]yahoo[dot]com
Phone : 07752-411328 (O), 09993027669 (M)
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SL. NO. Projects Category Participating Agencies


Development of landslide monitoring system for North-East Region of India using wireless sensor networking

GAP Project funded by DRDO/DTRL

DTRL, CBRI Roorkee


Development of guidelines for underground excavation using Controlled Blasting Techniques by measurement of load-deformation response of rock mass vis-à-vis GRC and SRC (In house Major Lab Project)

in-house Research works



Evaluation of blast induced damage by monitoring of blasting vibration during underground excavation of PSP Project of THDC India Ltd. (THDC Underground Hydro Power Complex, Tehri)

Sponsored Research

THDC India Ltd. Rishikesh


Blast Design optimisation and evaluation of blast induced damage by monitoring of blasting vibration during rock excavation at Vishnugaad Pipalkoti Hydroelectric Power Project, Pipalkoti.

Sponsored Research

HCC, Mumbai


Scientific study on controlled blasting operations and supervision of blast induced ground vibration monitoring during rock excavation at SP-01 Project, Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

Sponsored Research

L&T Heavy Engineering, Vizag/DRDO/WAPCOS New Delhi


Scientific Study for Construction of Underground Kalvadevi Metro Station using NATM Approach for UGC-02 Package of HCC-MMS JV for Mumbai Metro Line-3

Sponsored Research

HCC, Mumbai


Scientific studies on blast induced ground and air overpressure and investigation on its damage potential vis-à-vis housing structures of Pur village, Distt. Bhilwara, Rajasthan (NGT Investigation Project)

Applied Research

Rajasthan State Government


Scientific studies on assessment and mitigation of blast induced ground vibration and air overpressure at Agawali Silica Sand Mine of M/s Shivalik Silica, Bharatpur, Rajasthan

Sponsored Research

HCC, Mumbai


Monitoring and characterization of coal dispatched by Gevra, Dipka and Koraba area mines, SECL, Bilaspur

Sponsored Research

SECL, Bilaspur & NTPC


Quality monitoring and characterization of coal at unloading ends of NTPC Power plants at Sipat, Korba, Lara and Mouda.

Sponsored Research



Evaluation and Monitoring of coal supplied to NTPC power plants by NTPC Tallaipalli Mine, Raigarh Area

Sponsored Research

Coal India Ltd., SECL CIMFR


Supervision and evaluation of quality coal at unloading ends of various power plants such State Electricity corporation Ltd of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Gujrat

Sponsored Research

SECL, State boards of Rajasthan, Gujrat, Chhattisgarh


Characterization of coals from different coalfields explored by CMPDIL, RI-V through borehole coal core study Phase- VIII

Sponsored Research



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