Staff Reporter Islamabad
The government has earmarked Rs30 million in the Public Sector Development Programme to advance an ongoing project for the geological mapping of 50 Toposheets of ‘outcrop area’ to identify minerals’ potential in Balochistan province.
“Under the project, 50 geological mappings of Toposheets of Outcrop Area, out of 354 unmapped Toposheets of Balochistan, will be carried out.
The geological maps provide a bird’s eye view of the surface and (subsurface) distribution of various types of rocks and economic minerals that are found in a particular region,” according to an official document available with APP.
Through the mapping, the Geological Survey of Pakistan wanted to maintain a database for future exploration of the occurrences of metallic and non-metallic minerals potential, dimension stones, aggregates and limestone reserves for the industry.
“These maps are essential for all future detailed geological works including, minerals’ exploration, civil engineering, soil surveys, land use, town planning, groundwater, earthquake hazards; environmental geology and soil conservation projects,” the GSP said in the project detail.