The Geological Survey of India (GSI) proposes conducting more exploration activities in Jammu & Kashmir to identify lithium resources. It will arrive at the estimated value of lithium in Jammu & Kashmir upon completion of further exploration.
GSI carried out a G3 stage mineral exploration project during field season 2020-21 and 2021-22 in the Salal-Haimna areas of the Reasi district in Jammu & Kashmir and estimated an inferred resource (G3) of 5.9 million tonnes of lithium ore.
As a follow-up of lithium exploration in the Salal-Haimna areas of the Reasi district, GSI has taken up another reconnaissance G4 stage exploration program on lithium and associated minerals in Panasa–Dugga–Baldhanun–Chakar-Sangarmarg (Saro-da-Bas) area of the Reasi district during current field season 2022-23. The work is in progress.
Based on the mapping outcome, GSI will take up more exploration programs on various mineral commodities, including lithium, in the future in different parts of the country, including Jammu & Kashmir.
GSI generates baseline geoscience data through geological, geochemical, and geophysical mapping, which is a prerequisite for identifying the potential area for systematic mineral exploration. Based on the mapping data, GSI conducts systematic mineral exploration activities for various major mineral commodities, including lithium.
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