Bhubaneswar: The index of mineral production of mining and quarrying sector for the month of August, 2021 (Base: 2011-12=100) at 103.8, was 23.6% higher as compared to the level during last year. The cumulative growth for the period April- August, 2020-21 over the corresponding period of previous year has increased 25.1 per cent.
Production level of important minerals in August, 2021 were:
Coal 539 lakh tonnes, Lignite 37 lakh tonnes, Natural gas (utilized) 2851 million cu. m., Petroleum (crude) 25 lakh tonnes, Bauxite 1737 thousand tonnes, Chromite 175 thousand tonnes, Copper conc. 10 thousand tonnes , Gold 89 kg, Iron ore 197 lakh tonnes, Lead conc. 33 thousand tonnes, Manganese ore 180 thousand tonnes, Zinc conc. 133 thousand tonnes, Limestone 311 lakh tonnes, Phosphorite 123 thousand tonnes, Magnesite 10 thousand tonnes and Diamond 38 carat.
The production of important minerals showing positive growth during August, 2021 over August, 2020 include: Chromite (189.2%), Lignite (74.2%), Magnesite (57.9%), Iron Ore (52.2%), Bauxite (38.5%) and Coal (20.8%). The production of other important minerals showing negative growth is: Diamond (-97.1%), Gold (-3.3%), Petroleum(Crude) (-2.3%).