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17 lakh metric tonnes of lignite, high-quality marble deposits available in Kupwara 

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KUPWARA: Kupwara district has huge potential in the industrial sector and thermal power generation as there are around 17 lakh metric tonnes of major mineral deposits available in different areas of this frontier district.

As per data available from Geology and Mining (G&M) department, 9 Lakh metric tonne Lignite deposits are available at the Nichahama and Hangnikkot areas of the district and have huge potential for thermal power generation. Likewise, at Awoora and Zirhama, there are 8 lakh metric tonnes of high-quality Marble deposits which can revive the industrial sector and can provide ample employment opportunities in the district.

This information was given by District Mineral Officer (DMO) Kupwara, Dr.Shujat Ahmad Qureshi today, here at Kupwara.

He said Geology and Mining department has seized 440 vehicles including heavy earth moving machines used in illegal mining and transportation of raw material from different areas of Kupwara district during the financial year 2022-23, adding that a fine of Rupees 60 lakh has been realized from the violators (owners of seized vehicles), besides, seizing raw material worth rupees 20 lahks.

The DMO further said that he along with his team launched a crackdown in different areas of the Kupwara district, following the directions of Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Dr. Doifode Sagar Dattatray to curb the illegal mining and its transportation.

Dr. Shujat said that all of his staff has been put on alert to monitor illegal mining in the district.

On the occasion, the DMO warned the offenders to desist from the illegal extraction of minor minerals, adding that stern action under the rules shall be taken against them.

He said that the vehicles were seized under Mines & Minerals Act 1957 under section 21 delegated under the J&K Minor Mineral Concession, Storage, Transportation of minerals and prevention of illegal mining rules 2016 issued vide SRO 105 of 2016.

According to DMO, rate fixation of raw materials in the district has already been accorded and the sale and purchase of minor minerals is being done online through, besides, rates have been notified which are available on different portals of Geology and Mining department.

He said that the ordinary sand (meshed) at the source would cost Rs 28 per Cft, nallah bajri at Rs 16 per Cft, nallah boulders at Rs 6 per Cft, nallah mukh (GSB) at Rs 4 per Cft, ordinary clay at Rs 3 per Cft, crushed bajri (10 mm) at Rs 23 per Cft, crushed bajri (40 mm) at Rs 18.50 per Cft and crusher dust at Rs.25 per Cft.

Moreover, DMO added that in case an extra rate is demanded by the mineral concessionary or mineral dealer licensee, people can contact the DMO Kupwara, accordingly, such offenders will be fined under the law.

While giving further details District Mineral officer Kupwara said that there are 24 e-auctioned blocks in the Kupwara district out of them 14 are functional leased-out blocks while the rest 10 are under process.

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