Infrastructure Development Projects
1. Industrial Growth Centre
The Government of India has approved one Industrial Growth Centre Project at Lamlai-Napet at a project cost of Rs.30 crores of which Rs.15 crores will be Government of India contribution, Rs.5 crores as State Government contribution, Rs.4 crores as loan/equity contribution from the financial institutions and Rs. 6 crores as loan/equity from other sources. A sum of Rs.1.50 crore has been sanctioned and released by the Government of India, so far. Land acquisition is under process.
2. Integrated Infrastructural Development (IID)
The Government of India has sanctioned the IID Project at Moreh for a total project cost of Rs. 5.75 crores of which the Government of Indiaâ€™s share is Rs. 4.00 crores, Rs. 1.00 crore as loan from SIDBI and Rs. 0.75 crore as State Share. Land acquisition is under process.
3. Export Promotion Industrial Park (EPIP)
The Government of India has approved the EPIP project at Khunuta Chingjin in Kakching sub-division of Thoubal district at a project cost of Rs. 15.00 crores of which Government of Indiaâ€™s share is Rs. 10 crores and the State equity/financial institution share is Rs. 5.00 crores. Land acquisition is under process.
4. Trade Centres (TC)
The Government of India has already sanctioned Rs. 2.00 crores for construction of the two Trade Centres, one at Moreh and another at Imphal @ Rs. 1 crore each. Construction of Moreh Trade Centre is completed and construction of Imphal Trade Centre at Porompat is in full swing.
Mapping: Systematic geological mapping has so far covered 58% of the total area of 22,327 sq. km. of Manipur and 42% still remains uncover.
Mineral Exploration: Explorations are mainly concentrated on limestones, chromite, idocrase, serpentinite, sand and clay, out of which, only limestone exploration could be taken up.
- Limestone: Exploration atPhungyar has been completed and a reserve of 6.35 milliontonnes (inferred) and 2 milliontonnes (probable) of cement gradelimestones has been estimated forPhungyar limestone. Exploration atMeiring limestone is under progress. Inferred reserve of 5.76 milliontonnes has been estimated. Probable estimated is to be taken up after drilling (total inferred reserve is 6.35+5.76=12.11 M.T.). Making of approach road fromMeiring village toMeiring limestone deposit (about 4 km) has been completed.
- Chromite: 28 locations have so far been identified besides the area granted for mining lease. A reserve of 0.28 M.T. (inferred) has been estimated. Works onchromite could not be taken up further due to financial constraints.
- Serpentinite & Idocrase: Deposits of workable serpentines andidocrase body have been identified atKwatha-Khudengthabi area. Exploration is expected to start as soon as fund is made available.
The Department pursued with the Ministry of Mines, Government of India for obtaining clearance of a project proposal on mineral exploration namely "Contribution to a sustainable socio-economic development of Manipur State: Supply of equipment along with related assistance to Department of Geology & Mining, Government of Manipur" to be implemented with the assistance of BRGM, France. The proposal is under consideration of Ministry of Mines for onward transmission to the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Government of India. The estimated cost of the project is about Rs. 10.00 crore.
Another project proposal named "DOVEMAP" (Development of Village Economy through Mineral Appraisal Programme) has also submitted to the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India for funding. The aim of the project is amongst other, to locate low cost but large potential mineral resources in the villages and to study various factors and parameters affecting development aspects of rural economy encompassing minerals, water and terrain for planned exploitation.
The Geology & Mining Division is also presently engaged in the sponsored works on geotechnical investigations of the Loktak Downstream Project, NHPC.