New Delhi,17th August 2015 (PIB) The index of mineral production of mining and quarrying sector for the month of June (new Series 2004-05=100) 2015 at 121.7, was 0.3% lower as compared to June 2014.The cumulative growth for the period April- June 2015-16 over the corresponding period of previous year stands at (+) 0.7%.
The total value of mineral production (excluding atomic & minor minerals) in the country during June 2015 was Rs. 18194 crore. The contribution of coal was the highest at Rs. 6662 crore (37%). Next in the order of importance were: petroleum (crude) Rs. 5636 crore, iron ore Rs. 1847 crore, natural gas (utilized) Rs. 2164 crore, lignite Rs. 516 crore and limestone Rs. 490 crore. These six minerals together contributed about 95% of the total value of mineral production in June 2015.
Production level of important minerals in June 2015 were: coal 465 lakh tonnes, lignite 39 lakh tonnes, natural gas (utilized) 2617 million cu. m., petroleum (crude) 31 lakh tonnes, bauxite 1524 thousand tonnes, chromite 220 thousand tonnes, copper conc. 10 thousand tonnes, gold 100 kg., iron ore 106 lakh tonnes, lead conc. 21 thousand tonnes, manganese ore 173 thousand tonnes, zinc conc. 130 thousand tonnes, apatite & phosphorite 171 thousand tonnes, limestone 249 lakh tonnes, magnesite 18 thousand tonnes and diamond 2678 carat.