The Geological Survey of India has discovered 5.9 million tones of inferred resources (G3) of lithium, which is used for making electric vehicle (EV) batteries, for the first time in the country at Salal-Haimana in Jammu & Kashmir (J&K)’s Reasi district.
Mines at the preliminary stage of exploration are also known as G3.
The ministry of mines on February 9 made the announcement about the discovery on Twitter. It said Vivek Bharadwaj, the mines ministry secretary, handed over 16 geological reports and memorandums to state governments during the 62nd Central Geological Programming Board meeting.
Speaking at the meeting, Bharadwaj said this is for the first time that lithium reserves have been discovered in the country. He handed over two geological reports of lithium blocks in Reasi to J&K mining secretary Amit Sharma for further action.
Sharma said J&K has made history in the mining sector with the discovery of critical mineral lithium used in mobile and EV batteries.