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Mining Deptt finalises Sapphire exploration strategy
5/9/2023 10:28:34 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, May 9: An important meeting was chaired by Amit Sharma, Secretary to Government, Mining Department held at Civil Secretariat in which a pointed strategy was finalised for conduct of detailed exploration study of 'Jammu Sapphire' located in Padder area of Kishtwar District. Apart from experts of mining department, prominent participants were Director Geology & Mining O.P Bhagat, Additional Secretary Mining Arun Kishore Kotwal, Director Geological Survey of India (GSI) J&K Ajay Kumar, General Manager, Mineral Exploration & Consultancy Limited (MECL) P. Ravindran, MD J&K Minerals Limited Vikram K. Gupta, geologists and others.
At the beginning the meeting, the team of GSI team made a detailed presentation before Mining Secretary Amit Sharma about the exploratory studies conducted by them during last two-three years in Khan area of Padder regarding presence of Sapphire and Ruby like precious gems in different Adits, mostly in Corundum form and also, the way forward. Later on, MECL team made a presentation on the detailed exploration plans of this Central PSU who has been assigned the task of conducting detailed exploration in the upcoming summer months season in the area, as a specialist, purely on scientific lines, by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir UT.
Further, Secretary Mining Amit Sharma also disclosed that different Steering Committees at the Policy level and the Execution level shall be created by the Government so as to ensure hassle-free completion of this Project in a time-bound manner before the end of this working season itself. He further mentioned that detailed timelines shall be shared by MECL, the adherence of which shall be reviewed on a weekly basis by the Government.
Secretary Mining Amit Sharma also advised Deputy Commissioner Kishtwar Devansh Yadav to provision full support to the Working Group lead by Director Geology & Mining for this upcoming detailed exploration of Padder Mines in Kishtwar being initiated by MECL through NMET Funding on scientific lines for the first time under the visionary leadership of LG J&K Manoj Sinha and constant guidance and support of Chief Secretary Dr Arun.K Mehta. The visiting officers of MECL assured that they will use best machinery and experienced work force to make this operation a huge success.
Before culmination, Secretary Mining also advised MD, JKML to share all past experiences which they gained while exploring and mining Sapphire in Padder during last few years so that MECL exploration goes-on smoothly and they can improvise upon same by using latest methodologies, drone surveillance and similar techniques for achieving multiple success in the challenging limited time exploration period of the summer months in the identified areas.
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