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Pakistani province to use GIS in mineral sector

Peshawar, Pakistan: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government in Pakistan is considering setting up GIS-based Resource Mapping Programme (RMP) for the uplift of mines and mineral sector in the province.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Mineral Development Nazwabzada Mehmood Zeb told APP that the government has approved RMP project, under which investors could be informed through Internet about various potential mineral sites in the province. He said that land has been acquired for the marble city being set up in Nowshera district with help of Pakistan Stones Development Corporation. A similar marble city project would also be set up in Chitral, he added.

Three model quarries are also being set up in Buner, Chitral and Abbottabad districts each costing PKR 150 million (PKR: Pakistani Rupee), Zeb continued.

The revenue of the mineral sector has increased to PKR 1 billion from PKR 120million during the tenure of the present government, he informed. He stated that the present government was paying special attention to the promotion of technical education for providing skilled workers for the industry particularly the mines and minerals sector.

Source: The News