- Stone and stone products from Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand
Jaipur, 4 February: As in the past years, the 9th edition of India Stonemart also has a number of states setting-up their pavilions at the mega event. Among them are Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Gujarat and Odisha.
The state of Gujarat has set up a separate pavilion dedicated to its mineral and natural resources display. The state has been setting up its pavilion at the India Stonemart since 2009. On display were Lathe machinery used for drilling, shaping, sawing, planning, reaming, and grinding of stones and marbles. The state is also well-known for black granite and marble mining. The state has been receiving queries for granite mining from various parts of India such as Jaipur, Bangalore, Chattisgarh, Kerela, Maharashtra and foreign countries like Iraq, UAE and China.
The state of Odisha is known for its intricate stone carvings. With a few simple tools like hammers and chisels of various shapes and sizes, the crafts persons of the state are known to work with remarkable ease in both hard Granite, Khandelite stone as well as in softer varieties like Kendumundi stone. Apart from decorative and votive articles, artisans now also make modern utilitarian items, home decors, garden décor as well as kitchenware. On display, here are beautiful stone statues like those of Krishna, Ganesh, Buddha as well as decorative items with a traditional touch made out of sandstone. While the sandstone is known as Sahana Pathar in local language, the soft stones are called Khadi Pathar. Art works made out of the pink and white soft stone varieties are also on show here. Statues and deities made out of granite (the hardest variety of stone available here) are also on display.
The state of Jharkhand is a land blessed with immense natural and mineral resources. On display are samples of Black Granite from Koderma and Barkotha, Augen Gneiss from Hazaribag, Tiger Skin from Bokaro, Green Galaxy from Dumri, Pink Granite from Bokaro, Quartz- Dolerite from Koderma and English Teak from Daltoganj. Sample mineral formations of Dolomite, Limestone, Pyroxenite, Uranium Ore, Copper Ore, Iron Ore, Asbestos, Coal, Graphite, Mica, Bauxite, Quartz and Feldspar are also being showcased.
Facts like the advantages Jharkhand has in terms of infrastructure and that it ranks top amongst states in ‘Ease of Doing Business’ are also highlighted at the pavilion.
The state of Andhra Pradesh is primarily engaged in the development of mineral resources including exploration, exploitation and beneficiation of minerals. Andhra Pradesh in well-endowed with rich mineral resources and occupies 2nd place in Mineral Value Production in the country. Andhra Pradesh focuses on exploitation of minerals for enhancing living standards of the respective regions.
On display at the Andhra Pradesh State Pavillion are numerous mineral formations. Some of them are Hematite, Manganese Ore, Coal, Bauxite, Laterite, Ametheist, Quartz and Crystalline Quartz, Graphite Crucible, Graphite, Apatite, Fireclay, Ball Clay, Limekankar, Clay Products, Dolomite, Tourmaline, Garnet, Feldspar, Ochres, Zircon, Calcite, Rutite, Sillimanite, Charconite, Khondalite, Calcareous and Serpelene.
It is to be recalled that the event is organised by Centre for Development of Stones (CDOS) with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) as co-organiser and is supported by the Government of Rajasthan and other reputed institutions. Rajasthan State Industrial Development & Investment Corporation Ltd. (RIICO) is the Principal Sponsor of the event.