Mineral Production during April 2011
The index of mineral production of mining and quarrying sector in April 2011 was lowered by 14.52% compared to that of the preceding month. However the mineral sector has shown a positive growth of 2.15% during April 2011 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 April 2011 was Rs16317 crore. The contribution of petroleum (crude) was the highest at Rs5329 crore (33%). Next in the order of importance were: coal Rs3915 crore, iron ore Rs4275 crore, natural gas (utilized) Rs1251 crore, lignite Rs399 crore and limestone Rs305 crore. These six minerals together contributed about 95% of the total value of mineral production in April 2011.
Production level of important minerals in April 2011 were: coal 407 lakh tonnes, lignite 39 lakh tonnes, natural gas (utilized) 4020 million cu.m., petroleum (crude) 32 lakh tonnes, bauxite 1041 thousand tonnes, chromite 358 thousand tonnes, copper conc. 11 thousand tonnes, gold 253 kg., iron ore 194 lakh tonnes, lead conc. 14 thousand tonnes, manganese ore 231 thousand tonnes, zinc conc. 127 thousand tonnes, apatite & phosphorite 221 thousand tonnes, dolomite 437 thousand tonnes, limestone 222 lakh tonnes, magnesite 23 thousand tones and diamond 9 carat.
In April 2011, the output of iron ore increased by 1.63%. The production of diamond remains at the level of previous month. However the production of lignite decreased by 0.97%, apatite & phosphorite 0.99%, gold 1.17%, manganese ore 1.34%, limestone 2.03%, petroleum (crude) 3.89%, natural gas (Utilized) 4.03%, dolomite 4.29% Zinc conc. 7.86%, copper conc.8.56%, chromite 8.75%, magnestie 12.87%, bauxite 18.23%,lead conc.18.34% and coal 32.81 percent.