Export of limestone during last three years



Minerals used in Cement Manufacturing

            As per the information available with Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) a subordinate office of this Ministry, Limestone is the only major mineral produced in Meghalaya used for manufacturing of cement. The production details of limestone and its reserves/resources available in the State are given below:
Production of limestone during last three years


(Qty in ‘000’ tonnes)
State 2013-14 2014-15 (P) 2015-16 (P)
Meghalaya 3616 3691 3847
Source: IBM  (P): Provisional

Reserves/Resources of limestone (as on 1-04-2010)
(Units ‘1000’ tonnes)
Mineral Reserves Remaining Resources Total Resources
Limestone 232666 17273022 17505688
Source: IBM

The export details of limestone to other countries (including Bangladesh) during last three years are given below:
Export of limestone during last three years
(Qty in tonnes, Value in Rs. '000)

Country Name

2013-14
2014-15 (P)
2015-16 (P)
Qty
Value
Qty
Value
Qty
Value
All Countries
2779074
3432311
3812679
4671420
3236010
4694273
Bangladesh
2668993
2512744
3684066
3542496
3063174
2929791
U K
28388
271311
35929
351812
71891
751802
Bhutan
35453
131283
28510
177263
27482
215400
U S A
1631
76809
4036
65859
6015
185042
Ireland
4410
40264
6869
59323
8168
79831
Belgium
5973
64027
6024
64558
6302
67549
France
2895
36215
4329
41332
6317
64978
Nepal
9042
42911
16054
66801
16342
46285
Korea Republic
1038
10146
1837
21276
3233
41791
Japan
1786
19206
2489
32522
2094
34473
Other Countries
19465
227395
22536
248178
24992
277331



Source: DGCIS, Kolkata        P:- Provisional.

The National Mineral Policy 2008 provides for uninterrupted supply of the mineral raw material from domestic sources to encourage the user industry. The Mines and Minerals Development and Regulation Act, 1957 (MMDR) has been amended through the MMDR Amendment Act, 2015 to provide for, inter alia, auction through competitive bidding as the procedure for grant of mineral concessions. Further, State Governments have been empowered to reserve a mineral block put to auction for any particular end use including for use in cement plant. So far, 21 auctions for grant of mineral concession have taken place in the various states, out of which in respect of limestone 7 mineral blocks have been auctioned for grant of mining lease and 2 have been auctioned for grant of Prospecting License-cum-Mining Lease.

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