India’s mineral production increases
The mineral production from mining and quarrying sector in March 2010 was higher by 14.41% compared to that of the preceding month, a Ministry release said. The government said the mineral sector has shown a positive growth of 9.75% during the current financial year as compared to that of the previous year. The mineral production in March 2010 was higher by 10.96% as compared to that of the corresponding month of previous year.
The total value of mineral production (excluding atomic & minor minerals) in the country during March 2010 was Rs11316 crore. The contribution of coal was the highest at Rs4761 crore (42%). Next in the order of importance were: iron ore Rs2261 crore; petroleum (crude) Rs 1648 crore; natural gas (utilized) Rs1474 crore; lignite Rs273 crore and limestone Rs266 crore. These six minerals together contributed about 94% of the total value of mineral production in March 2010.
Production level of important minerals in March 2010 were: coal 609 lakh tonnes; lignite 33 lakh tonnes; natural gas (utilized) 4715 million cu. m.; petroleum (crude) 30 lakh tonnes; bauxite 1339 thousand tonnes; chromite 289 thousand tonnes; copper conc. 12 thousand tonnes; gold 220 kg; iron ore 205 lakh tonnes; lead conc. 13 thousand tonnes; manganese ore 232 thousand tonnes; zinc conc. 111 thousand tonnes; apatite & phosphorite 121 thousand tonnes; dolomite 382 thousand tonnes; limestone 210 lakh tones; magnesite 28 thousand tones and diamond 3363 carats.
In March 2010, the output of diamond increased by 58.86%; apatite & phosphorite 28.69%; coal 20.88%; magnesite 19.07%; zinc conc. 17.87%; natural gas (utilized) 14.03%; petroleum (crude) 11.16%; limestone 9.14%; gold 8.37%; lignite 6.9%; bauxite 6.53%; iron ore 6.35%; lead conc. 3.12%; chromite 2.19%; copper conc. 0.42 percent. However, the production of manganese ore decreased by 0.83% and dolomite 1.53%.