For the Public Sector Development Program (PSDP), the federal government has allocated PKR 20 million. Under this program, the Balochistan government would discover minerals in the region.
The three-year program would be undertaken by the Geological Survey of Pakistan (GSP) to map metallic and non-metallic minerals, dimension stones, and limestone reserves. This project is estimated to have a cost of PKR 127.595 million.
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,Official Statement
Detailing the project, GSP says:
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,GSP Statement
As per the official records, Balochistan has an area of 335,360 sq. kms (524 Topsheets). 108,800 sq. kms out of the total area have been mapped so far.
This project will help map the outcrop area in detail on 1:50,000 scale and maintain a database for future exploration of the occurrences of metallic and non-metallic mineral potential, dimension stones, aggregates, and limestone reserves for the industry in targeted potential areas of Balochistan,GSP Statement
GSP has developed a plan for the current fiscal year. Under this plan, they’ll be recruiting appropriate staff for the project, collect and review the data, map 16 Toposheets, measure 32 straight-graphic areas, collect rock samples, perform some chemical analysis, and other analysis.
Under this current plan, GSP expects to extract relevant information and plan further for the development of the mineral industry.