As jubilant people expressed hope that the finding will give them a bright future, a top government official claimed that the nation’s first lithium reserve, discovered in Jammu & Kashmir, is of the highest quality. The 5.9 million tonne lithium resource, an essential mineral for the production of solar panels and electric vehicles, was found in Reasi district by the Geological Survey of India (GSI).
A brief about World’s largest Lithium Reserve Found In India’s Jammu And Kashmir Of Best Quality
“Lithium is a crucial material that was previously unavailable in India, so we were entirely dependent on imports. The Mata Vaishno Devi shrine in Salal Village (Reasi) is located in the foothills of best quality lithium, according to the GSI’s G3 (advanced) study “Amit Secretary Sharma of J-K Mining said PTI.
He said that, in contrast to the typical grade of 220 parts per million (PPM), the lithium found in J&K is 500 ppm or higher, and that, with a stockpile of 5.9 million tonnes, India will overtake China in terms of availability.
After this discovery, “India entered a small group of nations at the world level and it will fulfil Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Aatmanirbhar Bharat” (self-reliant India) ambition,” he said.
Lithium, according to Mr. Sharma, is widely used, and its discovery during India’s G20 leadership gives J-K the chance to highlight its extensive reserves.
When asked about a potential start date for its extraction, he responded that each project requires its own amount of time. We conducted G3 level research, and before the metal is finally extracted, G2 and G1 research will be conducted.
Everything will be completed as soon as possible, and we’ll work with the GSI to offer our full support for this historic achievement, he promised.
The officer informed the populace that the reserve would change everything for them because, in accordance with the government’s industrial policy, local youths are given preference in all projects.
“This initiative will involve local youth, whether they are talented, semi-skilled, or unskilled. According to the guidelines, anyone who will be impacted by this project will receive proper compensation and rehabilitation “said he.
The finding has sparked excitement among residents of the nearby villages.
“We are all really delighted right now, and we are all filled with pride. This project is going to be a game-changer for us after the railway projects and Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, which are big sources of employment for the locals “Rajinder Singh, the deputy sarpanch for Salal, said.
The Salal Hydroelectric Power Station, a run-of-the-river hydropower project on the Chenab River, is located in Salal. Salal is near the 359-meter-high, renowned Chenab railway bridge, which is still under construction and is 30 metres higher than Paris’s famed Eiffel Tower.
Another villager named Jaspal Singh claimed to have served as a labourer for the GSI survey team. He said that the crew had surveyed the hills for the previous two years and had recently returned.
“Being a part of this initiative, which will provide the locals with numerous employment prospects, makes us feel fortunate. We commend the survey team’s dedication, especially in light of the difficult circumstances surrounding the Corona pandemic outbreak, he added, adding that “one of the team members passed away during the survey.” “.
Jugal Kishore Sharma, a senior Democratic Azad Party (DAP) leader and former minister, congratulated the populace on the discovery of the lithium reserve and encouraged the administration to make sure that the local young were given jobs on the project.
The former Reasi legislative assembly member advocated for the establishment of a metal excavation business and the employment of local residents.
He also stated that there is a need to completely explore the lower Himalayas in Jammu and Kashmir.