New Delhi, Oct 26 (UNI) The mineral sector posted a growth of 3.05 per cent during the period between April- August this year as compared to the same period previous year.
The total value of mineral production excluding atomic and minor minerals in the country in August this year was Rs 5,528 crore.
The contribution of coal was the highest at Rs 2,253 crore, accounting 41 per cent. Next in the order of importance were crude petroleum Rs 1,505 crore, utilised natural gas Rs 528 crore, iron ore Rs 640 crore, lignite Rs 165 crore and limestone Rs 157 crore.
These six minerals together contributed about 95 per cent of the total value of mineral production during the month.
Production level of important minerals during the month were, coal 292 lakh tonnes, lignite 23 lakh tonnes, utilised natural gas 1859 million cu m, crude petroleum 27 lakh tonnes, bauxite 852 thousand tonnes, chromite 242 thousand tonnes, copper conc 10 thousand tonnes, gold 140 kg, iron ore 112 lakh tonnes, lead conc 7 thousand tonnes, manganese ore 125 thousand tonnes, zinc conc 74 thousand tonnes, apatite and phosphorite 112 thousand tonnes, dolomite 344 thousand tonnes, limestone 136 lakh tonnes and magnesite 24 thousand tonnes.
No production of diamond was reported in August.
During the month, the output of apatite and phosphorite increased by 25.07 per cent, magnesite by 6.88 per cent, iron ore by 3.79 per cent.
However, the output of utilised natural gas decreased by 30.50 per cent, lead conc by 22.84 per cent, gold by 19.54 per cent, bauxite by 16.90 per cent, manganese ore by 8.15 per cent, zinc conc by 7.95 per cent, chromite by 6.89 per cent, crude petroleum by 5.59 per cent, coal and copper concentrates by 4.62 per cent each, limestone by 3.63 per cent, lignite by 2.81 per cent and dolomite by 1.57 per cent UNI BKS CS DS1510