Islamabad: A number of geological, geophysical and geochemical surveys have been carried out by the Geological Survey of Pakistan (GSP) in Chitral district and surrounding areas which identified presence of metallic minerals including copper, chromite and iron ore.
The deposits of around 0.6 million tons (MT) Antimony/Stibnite had been identified in Kring, Patrson and Awrith areas, approximately 6.5 (MT) iron ore in Buni Zom, Dammel and Nissar localities of Chitral district, while detailed exploration was required to assess the quantity of chromite, copper and lead/zinc ore.
The GSP remained engaged in exploration of metallic and other minerals through geological mapping in Chitral district and surrounding areas under annual field projects.
Recently, the GSP has conducted a project titled 'Exploratory Studies for Metallic and Non-Metallic Mineralization' along Turkho River and its surrounding areas, Upper Chitral District, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Field-work has been completed, samples have been sent for laboratory analysis and report writing is in progress.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has granted several prospecting exploration licenses in Chitral district for minerals including aluminum, antimony, chromium, copper, gold, iron, lead, manganese, nickel, platinum, silver and zinc. Besides, it launched a scheme for geological mapping of the province under the annual development programme.