the commencement of the planning process in India,
concerted efforts have been made to systematically
explore and develop the mineral resources in the
country. Mineral, being finite and non-renewable natural
resources, require special attention so that these are
exploited and utilized in an optimal manner. These are
our 'source of treasure' and constitute the backbone of
the industrial development of the nation.
nature has bestowed Chhattisgarh with vast reserves of
all important minerals. Recognizing the pivotal role of
mineral in the industrialization of the state, the
government of Chhattisgarh has taken a number of policy
decisions to eliminate procedural hindrances and to
create the necessary environment, to allow
entrepreneurship to grow, to develop and to thrive in
The State of Chhattisgarh in Mid Eastern India , bounded
between North latitude 170 46' to 240 06' and East
Longitude 800 15' to 84025' covering an area of about
135153 sq. km., divided into 18 districts and surrounded
by 6 states,is geologically one of the most important
terrains in the Indian shield comprising of litho
logical sequence ranging in age from Archaen to Recent.
It comprises parts of Bastar and Singhbhum Cratons that
are surrounded by mobile belts and major rifts. The area
has witnessed multiple tectonic and thermal events of
various episodes. Hence it is no wonder that the state.
One of the rarest gemstone, Alexandrite, is found in
Raipur and workable deposits of corundum are widespread
in southern Chhattisgarh.
Directorate of Geology and Mining, Chhattisgarh is the
State agency engaged in exploration of the mineral
resources of the state. It has dedicated and skilled,
teams of geoscientists, chemists, surveyors and
drillers, who are engaged in various qualitative &
quantitative aspects of mineral investigation in the
State. The Directorate has been instrumental in locating
important mineral deposits in various part of the State
notably the diamondiferous kimberlite in Mainpur, gold
in Sonakhan, iron ore in Kawardha District.