Geological survey of India(GSI) have recently uncovered country’s first abundant source of lithium in the Raesi region of Jammu and Kashmir. This discovery of 5.9 Million ton of lithium has caused much excitement in the EV and Lithium Ion Battery manufacturing community due to its potential applications in many industries, including electric vehicle and battery production.
With this new development, India could become a major player in the global economy and even revolutionize transportation.
“Lithium falls in the critical resource category which was not earlier available in India and we were dependent for its 100 percent import. The G3 (advanced) study of the GSI shows the presence of best quality lithium in abundant quantity in the foothills of Mata Vaishno Devi shrine at Salal village (Reasi),” J-K Mining Amit Secretary Sharma told PTI.
He said against the normal grade of 220 parts per million (PPM), the lithium found in J&K is of 500 ppm-plus grading, and with a stockpile of 5.9 million tons, India will surpass China in its availability.
“India joined a select group of countries at the global level after this finding and it will fulfil the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ (self-reliant India),” he said.