India: The draft policy on scientific mining released by the State Planning Board of India, proposes to encourage geomapping of mineral resources in the state and minimising of environmental damage. The mapping procedure will be undertaken by Mining and Geology Department, in cooperation with the state unit of the Geological Survey of India and other competent agencies.
“The Mining and Geology Department should design, implement and maintain a GIS-based geo database of all the extractable mineral/rock resources, and operating and abandoned mines and quarries. All quarriable and minable resources of the state in a geodatabase should be published on the website,” states the policy document.
Source: New Indian Express