Locals Optimistic After Lithium Discovered in J&K

JAMMU KASHMIR: Locals at the Salal-Haimana area of Reasi district on Friday exuded optimism after Lithium deposits were found for the first time in the country, in Jammu and Kashmir. Speaking to reporters, Rajendra Singh, a panchayat member, said, “The survey team after conducting the exercise over almost two years. They used to bring the entire machinery (for survey) by road.The team identified almost 100 points where Lithium can be found. The survey report was sent to Lucknow and finally, the good news was shared with the people here. The locals have welcomed the news as it would offer great employment opportunities for them.”

District Magistrate, Salal, Babila Rakwal on Friday said that the discovery of 5.9 million tonnes of lithium reserves for the first time in the country is a moment of happiness for the entire country, adding further, “when the government of India gives sanction, the mineral will be then sanctioned”.”Lithium mineral is imported. It is used in electric cars, Laptops and Mobiles,” Babila Rakwal,District Magistrate Salal added.

The Union Government on Thursday said that 5.9 million tonnes of lithium reserves have been found for the first time in the country in Jammu and Kashmir. Lithium is a non-ferrous metal and is one of the key components in EV batteries.

“Geological Survey of India for the first time established Lithium inferred resources (G3) of 5.9 million tonnes in the Salal-Haimana area of the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir,” the Ministry of Mines said on Thursday

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