ISLAMABAD: The Geological Survey of Pakistan (GSP) has identified metallic minerals such as copper, chromite and iron ore in Chitral and reccommnded exploration for their quantification.
“A number of geological, geophysical and geochemical surveys have been carried out by the GSP in Chitral and surrounding areas. As a result, metallic minerals like antimony/stibnite, chromite, copper, iron ore and lead/zinc ore have been discovered,” according to an official document available with APP.
The deposits of around 0.6 million tonnes (MT) antimony/stibnite have been identified in Kring, Patrson and Awrith areas, approximately 6.5 (MT) iron ore in Booni Zom, Dammel and Nissar localities while detailed exploration was required to assess the quantity of chromite, copper and lead/zinc ore.
According to the document, the GSP remained engaged in exploration of metallic and other minerals through geological mapping in Chitral district and surrounding areas under annual field projects.
Recently, the GSP has conducted a project titled ‘Exploratory studies for metallic and non-metallic mineralization’ along Torkhow River and its surrounding areas, Upper Chitral District.
“Field-work has been completed, samples have been sent for laboratory analysis and report writing is in progress.”
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has granted several prospecting/exploration licenses in Chitral for minerals including aluminum, antimony, chromium, copper, gold, iron, lead, manganese, nickel, platinum, silver and zinc.
Besides, it launched a scheme for geological mapping of the province under the annual development programme.