Mineral Exploration Information

New Mineral Findings

Mineral Based Industries

Potential for Mineral Based Industry

Mineral Resources Under Exploration

Mineral Dockets

Status of Mineral Areas - Leases & Vacancies

Annual programme 2011-12 (April 2011-March 2012)

Annual programme 2012-13 (April 2012-March 2013)

Annual programme 2013-14 (April 2013-March 2014)

Exploration programme on Map

Composite map of Reconnaissance Permit in U.P.





Platinum and Gold mineralisation in the Bijawar and granite complex in Sonrai- Girar Ikona, area district  Lalitpur. Gold Mineralisation in District Sonbhadra and Diamond in District Banda.

  • Rare earth elements in Khajra Bujurg area, district Jhansi.

  • Asbestos in Bada Gaon area,distt.Jhansi.

Concerted efforts of D.G.M.U.P., over last fifty years in the state has resulted in augmenting the mineral resources into following categories:-

  • Establish Mineral Based industry.

  • Potential for mineral based industries.    

  • Search and exploration of mineral deposits based on Geological concepts and surface showings


  • The industries includes thermal Power Plant based on coal reserves, glass and ceramic units derive their Silica sand raw material from washing plants of Allahabad and Chitrakoot districts. The Pyrophyllite Pulverising units are dependent on pyrophyllite reserves of Jhansi, Lalitpur & Mahoba districts.

  • Besides aforesaid industries lime kilns, Granite and sandstone tile units, raw lime bricks units also get their raw material from the mineral reserves of the state.



Based on the existing knowledge of the Geology and Mineral resources the following possibility/ prospect is  worth mentioning.

Cement and other Limestone based Industry

The State was producing only 1.4 millions tonnes of Cement as against a demand of 6 million tonnes. The investigations carried out show the possibility of tapping additional reserves of Limestone for Cement as well as for Steel and other Chemical industries  in the following areas.

Large Cement Plants

Kannach-Basuhari, Sonbhadra

  • About 145 Million tonnes of Cement grade Limestone has been outlined for setting up a million tonnes Cement plant expandable up to 2 million tonnes.

Mini Cement Plants
A vast potential for Cement grade Limestone has been outlined in block VI of Kajrahat Limestone deposit in Sonbhadra which can be  considered for Mini cement plant.


Deposits occur in the Kajrahat belt   and are estimated about 15 million tonnes  near Bari Village of Sonbhadra.

Rock Phosphate

About 6 Million tonnes of low grade (+16% P2O5 ) Phosphate occur in Lalitpur. The high grade ore is being sold as a direct fertilizer and to elemental Phosphorus plants. A mining and beneficiation project in Lalitpur is under  formulation in joint sector for producing 1,30,000 tonnes of concentrate annually with +35% P2O5 . Downstream industries are also under consideration.

Silica Sand

Extensive deposits of high grade Silica Sand occur near Shankargarh and Bargarh in Allahabad and Chitrakoot distt. Some of these deposits are mined by private lease holders on a small scale. Based on Lalapur deposits additional large scale mining and beneficiation units has been established by National Mineral Development Corporation.


Pyrophyllite and Diaspore

Small deposits of Pyrophyllite and Diaspore occur in Hamirpur, Mahoba Jhansi and Lalitpur districts. These are mined by private individuals and sold as a filler&handicrafts. These mines can be developed to produce large quantities  of classified products for  ceramics and refractory industry.

Bauxite and Synthetic Emery

About 8.4 million tones of metal grade Bauxite occur south of Manikpur in Chitrakoot district.

Sand Lime Bricks

The Bricks offer competitive price and attractive colours and hence are in great demand. Few more plants can be set up in the state. In addition, production of Fly Ash-Lime Bricks can also be considered, since large stocks of fly ash are lying unused. Setting up of such eco friendly plants will save the excavation of earth and also the fuel wood used for making Red bricks.


A large potentiality of dimensional Granite, suitable for blocks slabs and tiles exists in district Lalitpur, Jhansi, Mahoba, Banda and Sonbhadra and few areas in Lalitpur, are producing dimensional Granite, which has a potential export market. There is a potentiality for establishing more  plants in the Joint sector.


Vindhyan sandstone occur in Agra, Lalitpur, Chitrakoot, Allahabad, Mirzapur, Varanasi and Sonbhadra districts. These are exploited by private parties and marketed as Slabstone, Millstone and Building stone. These districts provide opportunity for indigenous market and export too.

Placer Gold

Large areas of river beds of Saharanpur  district contain gold ranging from 0.1-0.2 gm/cubic meter of sand. Beneficiation tests completed so far indicate 60-80%  of gold recovery using simple gravity methods.

China Clay

There are possibilities of proving large deposits of China clay at Naudiha, Ramgarh, Kon & Nigahein and Jaljalia in distt. Sonbhadra. The clay occur in the weathering zone below sandstone in 5-15 meter thick zone and width of individual pockets vary from 150-200 meters. The recovery of the clay fraction is over 50%. The deposits are presently under exploratation. 17 Million Tonnes of china clay deposit  is available for entrepreneurs. It is available at Naudiha 40 Kms from Chopan. This area is well connected by metal road. The china clay of Naudiha-Ramgarh is a low grade Plastic-clay and could be used in low temperature stone-ware body for the production of crockery etc.



Low grade andalusite deposits occur in Harnakachar area near Wyndhamganj and   Bagisoti area of Sonbhadra. GSI had estimated about 14 million tones reserves in Wyndhamganj area. Potential occurrences can be considered for exploitation.

Low Grade Iron Ore

Large reserves of low grade (25-30% iron) iron ore which can be easily upgraded to 45% iron using gravity methods occur at Girar, Lalitpur. These reserves can be utilized for making sponge iron.



Gold Mineralisation

Gold mineralisation associated with :-

(a) Quartz  silicified zone near (i) Girar, Lalitpur (ii) Gurhar Pahar, south Sonbhadra

(b) Conglomerate near Hardi, distt. Sonbhadra.

(c) In Quartz veins near Deva Injani distt. Sonbhadra


  • Platinum and Palladium mineralisation is associated with the altered zone in Peridotite in district Lalitpur.


  • Asbestos in Mauranipur, Baragaon distt. Jhansi

Quartz reef

  • Commercially viable Sandstone tiles in Agra , Lalitpur and Mirzapur

  • Quartz Reef in Jhansi & Lalitpur


  • Preliminary Investigation of Carbonatite for Rare earth Elements (REE) near Kharjah,Bujurg,Distt.Jhansi      




Major Mineral Dockets



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