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Kashmir Sapphire

30 Jun 2023

The administration of Jammu and Kashmir plans to make a geological survey in the Kishtwar district, the target being sapphires.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration is planning to carry  out a thorough exploration investigation of Sapphire, which is located in the Padder area of the Kishtwar district.

Amit Sharma, the secretary of mining Jammu and Kashmir, presided over a meeting in this regard. 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 their exploratory studies conducted during the last two to three years in the Khan area of Padder regarding the presence of Sapphire and Ruby-like precious gems in  Corundum form.

Later, the MECL team made a presentation on detailed exploration plans of this Central PSU that 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 administration of Jammu and Kashmir.

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