Lithium in India: GSI said in a statement that, 5.9 million tonnes of lithium estimated resources are in Reasi district of the northern union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
New Delhi: Lithium reserves have been found under a huge discovery in India. Lithium is the lifeblood of batteries and is only found in a handful of countries. The Geological Survey of India has said that it has found lithium reserves for the first time in the country.
India has recently begun looking to bolster supplies of key minerals, including lithium, which will be key to pursuing electric vehicle plans. In a statement, the GSI said that estimated resources of 5.9 million tonnes of lithium have been discovered in Reasi district of the northern union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
Geological Survey of India has for the first time established 5.9 million tonnes inferred resources (G3) of lithium in Salal-Haimana area of Reasi District of Jammu & Kashmir (UT).@GeologyIndia
— Ministry Of Mines (@MinesMinIndia) February 9, 2023
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Not so in Latin America. More than half of the world’s lithium reserves are present in this area. Here it is mixed with salt under the white layer of salt water lakes. It’s easy to remove. Water is taken out of the lake and allowed to evaporate. In this way, the water evaporates and the lithium-rich material remains. Chemicals are then used to separate the lithium. Some of these chemicals are toxic.
Currently, India is dependent on imports for several minerals such as lithium, nickel and cobalt. Speaking at the 62nd meeting of the Central Geological Programming Board, Mines Secretary Vivek Bhardwaj had said that vital minerals are needed everywhere, be it mobile phones or solar panels. He said that in order to become self-reliant, it is very important for the country to find and process important minerals. He also said that if the import of gold is reduced, “we will become Atmanirbhar”.