Minerals development in Sindh Province

Engineering Post Report

The province of Sindh has large quantities of minerals. In all, there are 24 minerals which  are being mined presently.

 Among these, Sindh has large quantities of  coal and granite reserves. The granite area which was inaccessible  has since been connected with Karachi by a network of  roads and other facilities like rest houses etc.

Establishment of a Granite Park is also proposed at Nagarparkar. Karunjhar  range of mountains  in  Nagarparkar  has huge reserves of  granite and other rock types of extractable  thickness  which has the potential  to compete the international market.  It spreads over vast area and its  estimated reserves are around 10 billion tons.

The Directorate of Mines and Mineral Development Sindh  is sponsoring a  scheme for study through  consultant “ Feasibility Study of Granite Deposits in Tharparkar, Sindh”.

Previously leases were granted  in haphazard manner without any policy. The department has now  constituted  a policy for judicious and transparent award of  leases in this area.

It will be ensured that 03  large granite factories  are set up by year 2030 in this remote area. This will not only generate  large employment opportunities for  poor and downtrodden masses of this far-flung  area  but will also get  world-class granite for locan consumption and export with the result that poverty ratio will be decreased  and increase in growth rate of government revenue  will also take major part  for economic development of the province.

Sindh has large coal reserves of the country. It is estimated around  185 billon tons of  coal in Lakhra, East of Indus and Thar. Presently percentage  of coal in energy is negligible. The department is in the process of  assessment and exploitation studies of these coal reserves and intends to set up projects running on this coal. Department also intends to have 30 per cent  energy produce  on coal  by year 2030.

The Mines and Mineral Development Department  has already established  Geo-Data Centre with official web portal which is providing all the necessary information to the general public as well as investors/stake holders. This carries with mineral based information and online granted leases  database along with  provision of information  regarding the granted areas in  the Sindh.