Besides the physical display of minerals, the museum
would also exhibit detailed information related to the reservoir of resources available in the state. The project would be backed by funding from the state’s mineral development fund.
“The advisory committee of the fund had approved the proposal and allocated Rs 4 crore for building the museum,” said mining
department officials. The project would be developed by the Chhattisgarh
State officials said it would be a major project for the region as well as the country. The mineral-rich state of Chhattisgarh
has a bulk of natural resource to offer, including iron ore, coal, limestone, dolomite, bauxite, graphite and quartzite, among others.
The state also has high-value minerals
like cassiterite, diamond, gold, corundum and other gemstones, besides precious base and rare metals. The museum
is aimed at spreading awareness about the state’s mineral capacity.
In 2003, an advisory committee of the Chhattisgarh
mineral development fund was set up to ensure utilisation towards mineral exploration and mining
activities. Approved proposals were to be executed at an amount of Rs 443.81 crore. Of the amount, Rs 300 crore would be spent on the expansion of road network across the state.
In addition to this, the state had set aside around Rs 87.20 crore for the expansion of rail network in the region, while another sum of Rs 22.25 crore was earmarked for the development of its aviation network.