Mineral output up 9.4% in August
Mineral production from mining and quarrying was 9.4 per cent higher in August 2017 against production in August 2016.
An official statement said, “The total estimated value of mineral production (excluding atomic and minor minerals) in the country during August 2017 was ₹18,015 crore.”
Coal was the highest contributor at ₹6,158 crore while crude oil was the next at ₹5,489 crore. The value of produced natural gas stood at ₹2,225 crore and iron ore was valued at ₹1,921 crore.
With lignite production worth ₹615 crore and limestone worth ₹ 562 crore, these six minerals together contributed about 94 per cent of the total value of mineral production in August 2017.
Apatite & Phosphorite production was 120.1 per cent higher, diamond production was up 47.9 per cent, lead production was up 41.4 per cent while Bauxite production was up 25 per cent.
Magnesite production was down by 52 per cent, while gold was down by 28.5 per cent.