How lithium was discovered in J&K’s Reasi district
In 2018, a Geological Surv ey of India (GSI) team reached Salal, a hamlet nestling among the high mountains in Jammu and Kashmir’s Reasi district, to collect samples for identification of different minerals.
The team stayed put in Salal, 77 kilometres from Jammu, and kept collecting samples for research, investigation and processing.
On February 9, the ministry of mines claimed that it had discovered huge deposits of lithium — 5.9 million tonnes — in the village. If the estimate of 5.9 million tonnes of reserves in Salal turns out to be true, India will have the fifth-largest lithium reserves in the world, ahead of the US.