Officials of National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC), while informing about their finding, said, "This is the biggest diamond found in Asia"s single mechanised diamond mines in Panna operated by the NMDC."
"The commercial value of the diamond will be worked out at our office in Mumbai. It may not be the biggest diamond in the world, but it is the biggest to be unearthed from the Panna mines," added one of the NMDC officials.
Giving his opinion on the value of the newly-discovered diamond, the official claimed, "If this diamond is of best quality, its worth may be up to Rs 5 crore." Here it can be recalled that the NMDC, during its mining operation in Panna mines, had discovered a 34.37-carat diamond almost a year back.
Meanwhile, a diamond merchant has been quoted as expressing his shock, "One diamond or too many?" Panna mines were closed over forest clearance and approvals from the adjoining wildlife sanctuary in 2005. However, the mine resumed its work in 2009.