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Mining Department finalizes Jammu Sapphire detailed exploration strategy

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JAMMU: Secretary Mining, Amit Sharma, today chaired a meeting here at the Civil Secretariat held regarding the finalization of the strategy for conducting a detailed exploration study of ‘Jammu Sapphire’ located in the Padder area of Kishtwar district.

Among others, the meeting was attended by experts from the Mining Department, Director Geology and Mining, O P Bhagat, Additional Secretary, Mining Arun Kishore Kotwal, Director Geological Survey of India (GSI), J&K, Ajay Kumar, General Manager, Mineral Exploration and Consultancy Limited (MECL) P Ravindran, MD J&K Minerals Limited, Vikram K Gupta, geologists, and others.

The GSI team made a detailed presentation about the exploratory studies conducted by them during the last two to three years in the Khan area of Padder regarding the presence of Sapphire and Ruby like precious gems in different Adits, mostly in Corundum form.

Later, the MECL team made a presentation on detailed exploration plans of this Central PSU who has been assigned the task of conducting detailed exploration in the upcoming summer months in the area, as a specialist, purely on scientific lines, by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir.

Amit Sharma revealed 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. 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 also asked the Deputy Commissioner, Kishtwar, Devansh Yadav, to extend full support to the Working Group led by the Director of Geology and Mining for this upcoming detailed exploration of Padder Mines in Kishtwar. Being initiated by MECL through NMET Funding on scientific lines, this initiative is the first of a kind launched under the visionary leadership of Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha and the guidance of Chief Secretary, Dr Arun. K Mehta.

The visiting officers of MECL assured that they will use the best machinery and experienced workforce to make this operation a huge success.

Later, Secretary also advised MD, JKML to share all past experiences which they gained while exploring and mining Sapphire in Padder during the last few years so that MECL exploration goes on smoothly and they can improvise upon same by using the latest methodologies, and drone surveillance, and similar techniques for achieving multiple success in the challenging limited time.

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