The Scenario of Minerals in CHHATTISGARH State

Coal, Bauxite, Iron Ore, Tin Conc., Limestone and Moulding Sand are the major minerals produced in Chhattisgarh. The value of minor mineral production is estimated as Rs. 907 crores for the year 2018- 19. There were 89 reporting mines in 2018-19 in case of MCDR minerals. There is an increment in the production of coal (13%), Limestone (16%), Moulding Sand (103%) and Iron Ore (1%) over the previous year.

CHHATTISGARH Mineral Resources: - Chhattisgarh is the sole producer of tin concentrates and moulding sand. It is one of the leading producers of coal, dolomite, bauxite and iron ore. The State accounts for about 36% of tin ore, 20% of iron ore (haematite), 18% coal, 11% dolomite and 4% of each diamond & marble resource in the country. Important mineral occurrences in the State are bauxite in Bastar, Bilaspur, Dantewada, Jashpur, Kanker, Kawardha (Kabirdham), Korba, Raigarh & Sarguja districts;

china clay in Durg & Rajnandgaon districts; coal in Korea, Korba, Raigarh & Sarguja districts; dolomite in Bastar, Bilaspur, Durg, Janjgir-Champa, Raigarh & Raipur districts; and

iron ore (haematite) in Bastar district, Bailadila deposit in Dantewada district, Chhote Dongar deposit in Kanker district, Rowghat, Chargaon, Metabodeli & Hahaladdi deposits in Rajnandgaon district and Boria Tibbu deposits in Dalli-Rajhara area, Durg district.

Bailadila-Rowghat hill ranges in the State are considered to be one of the biggest iron ore fields in India.

Limestone occurs in Bastar, Bilaspur, Durg, Janjgir-Champa, Kawardha (Kabirdham), Raigarh, Raipur & Rajnandgaon districts;

Quartzite in Durg, Raipur, Rajnandgaon & Raigarh districts; and

talc/soapstone/steatite in Durg & Kanker districts. Other minerals found in the State are corundum in the Dantewada district;

diamond and other gemstones in Raipur, Mahasamund & Dhamtari districts;

fire clay in Bilaspur, Raigarh & Rajnandgaon districts;

fluorite in Rajnandgaon district;

garnet & marble in Bastar district; emerald & gold in Raipur district;

granite in Bastar, Kanker & Raipur districts;

quartz/silica sand in Durg, Jashpur, Raigarh, Raipur & Rajnandgaon districts; and

Tin in Bastar & Dantewada districts.

Production:- Coal, Bauxite, Iron Ore, Tin Conc., Limestone and Moulding Sand are the major minerals produced in Chhattisgarh. The value of minor mineral production is estimated as Rs. 907 crores for the year 2018- 19. There were 89 reporting mines in 2018-19 in case of MCDR minerals. There is an increment in the production of coal (13%), Limestone (16%), Moulding Sand (103%) and Iron Ore (1%) over the previous year.