Minerals Development in Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa

Engineering Post Report

The total area of Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa province  is 74521 square kilometers  of out of which as much as 70  per cent consist of mountains and rocks. The formation of these rocks  contain huge prospects of different metallic/non-metallic  minerals and various precious/semi-precious gemstones minerals. It has large number of mineral resources  which have not yet been exploited at all to its full potential.

Minerals Development Department Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa has two divisions namely Licensing  Division and Exploration Promotion Division. Based on the exploration done so far, excellent prospects  of other valuable deposits still exist in the province.

Major Initiatives

Establishment of Mining Cadastral System is an Asian Development Bank (ADP) which  is nearing completion around this time. Mining Cadastral System is state of the art web-based  GIS enabled system which will enhance  transparency  in awarding of mineral titles, promote ease of doing business  and facilitate investors in searching  free mineral bearing areas. Upon deployment of this system the whole business of the department will be digitalized.

Minerals Department is engaged with IBL-HRD (Belgium)  for establishment of  state of the art  Gemstone Laboratory, training and Certification Centre at Mineral Resting Laboratory Peshawar. The centre will help  in branding the local gemstones and will also promote export of precious stones on high prices.

Appellate authority of the Minerals Department has restored hundreds of cancelled  mineral titles  which has very positive impact on enhancement of minerals production, revenue generation and jobs creation in the province.