Jammu & Kashmir has a new status and it’s important for us to know the resources available. The territory, which is now made into two, is endowed with tremendous mineral resources covering an area of 13334 Sq. Kms., out of which 60% are reported to be commercially viable for mining of various minerals.
The State of J&K The Department of Geology and Mining, Jammu & Kashmir was established in 1960 to identify/ locate minerals like Limestone, Gypsum, Marble, Lignite, Granite, Bauxite, Coal, Magnesite, Slates, Sapphire, Dolomite, Borax, Graphite, Quartzite etc. in a big way, the quality and quantity of which are estimated for establishment of mineral based industries. A number of cement based industries as well as units for manufacture of plaster of Paris, Marble and Granite cutting units have been established in the state.
Exploration of Minerals.
Exploration ground water for Irrigation and drinking purposes, Geo-Technical studies in respect land sliding/ sinking areas.
Geo-Technical study for major engineering projects.
Implementation of MM (D&R) Act. 1957 (Central Act.) and J&K Minor Mineral Concession Rules 1962.
Revenue Collection on Mineral Extraction. Grant of Mining leases / Prospecting Licenses / Awarding of Royalty Contracts and short term quarry Permits. Estimated available mineral reserves are shown in the table below: