Lithium Reserve Found In Jammu And Kashmir Is Of Best Quality: Official
A top government official stated that the first lithium reserve discovered in the nation is of the highest quality here on Saturday as optimistic villagers voiced confidence that the discovery will lead to a bright future for them.
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).
“Lithium falls in the critical resource category which was not earlier available in India and we were dependent for its 100 percent import. The G3 (advanced) study of the GSI shows the presence of best quality lithium in abundant quantity in the foothills of Mata Vaishno Devi shrine at Salal village (Reasi),” J-K Mining Amit Secretary Sharma told 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.
“India joined a select group of countries at the global level after this finding and it will fulfil the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ (self-reliant India),” he said.
Lithium, according to Mr. Sharma, is widely used, and its discovery during India’s G20 presidency 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.
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