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In order to enhance the mineral development potential, FATA DA has initiated a number of mineral exploration, infrastructure development and private sector facilitation projects which, on completion, will provide basis for planning mineral sector activities on scientific lines. This will promote confidence building of private sector for investment resulting in generation of enormous employment opportunities and supply of indigenous raw material to the local industry.

Safety equipments were provided to miners in various areas. These miners are now safe and have expanded the mining activities in the area. This has resulted in economic activities in the area. Two new satellite Mine Rescue Center were also established in Darra Adam Khel and Dauli, Orakzai Agency.

Details of major minerals recourses are shown in the following table:

(Million Tons)

S.No. Name Of Mineral

Indicated Reserves
(Approx.)

Proven Reserves

Present

Extraction

1. Marble

10,000

7000

1.4

2. Manganese

5

0.2

0.010

 3. Chromite

10

3

0.030

 4. Coal

81

8

0.230

 5. Copper

35

8

-

 6. Soapstone

6

3.2

0.015

 7. Gypsum

200

137

0.10

 8. Silica Sand

600

537

-

 9. Dolomite

11

11

0.040

 10. Quartz

3

1

0.050

 11. Granite

Inexhaustible

60

-

 12. Marl

20

10

-

 13. Cement grade Limestone

800

460

1.200

 

Main projects of Minerals Sector initiated so far are given below:

S # Name of scheme  Physical Progress
i. Inv & Evaluation of Manganese Prospects in Bajaur/ Mohmand Agencies. 70% area surveyed
ii Expl & Evaluation of Precious Stones in Mohmand & Bajaur Agencies. 80% area surveyed
iii Exploration & Development of Copper in N.W.Agency. FWO has started work on the site for core drilling
iv Source Rock Mapping and Investigations for Hydrocarbon Potential in FATA. 100% area surveyed. As a result, various oil & gas companies established camp offices and started their activities. More than 1200 locals have been recruited by these companies.
V Construction of approach roads to mineral bearing areas. Construction of 160 kms roads have been completed. As a result, mineral production has increased which has increased economic activities in the area.

 


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