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Mining - Limestone


High quality Limestone is a technological necessity for Steel Plants with the basic oxygen furnance technology where it is used as a flux. After the closure of limestone quarries at Dehradun by the historic judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court the limestone from Jaisalmer found enormous importance in the Steel Industry. It was the recommendation of the technical team constituted by Govt. of India in the year 1986 after assessing the various limestone deposits available in the country that the low silica limestone available from Jaisalmer is the best suited for use in the Steel Industry. Based on the recommendation mining of Limestone was commenced by the company since 1988 for supply to different Steel Plants from their mines at Sanu. Jaisalmer limestone is best suitable for use in Steel Industry because of low silica and high decrepitation index. Hence the total production is dispatched to various Steel Plants of SAIL and TISCO. The company is the largest producer & supplier of steel grade limestone in the country.


This high grade, low silica, hard compact limestone is available in Khuiyala formation of Eocene age of Tertiary period. The company have around 20.00 square KM area near village Sanu at a distance of 56 Km from Jaisalmer on Jaisalmer – Ramgarh road & is well connected with all weather tar road maintained by Border Road Organization. The total mineral reserves under the areas held with the company are167 Million Tonnes of S.M.S grade limestone & 2153 Million Tonnes of Cement grade limestone. Company has enhanced its mineral reserve status by applying few more areas in the same belt.

Open cast mining method with single bench, deploying HEMM and conducting deep hole blasting is in practice. The sizing of ROM limestone is carried out by four nos. fully mechanized Sizing & screening plants of the total capacity 20.00 lac MT per annum. The different size products are dispatched from mines as well as by rail from Jaisalmer Railway sidings of the company. Jaisalmer is the terminus Railway station of the North-Western Railway connected with Broad gauge link.


  • Steel Authority of India Ltd- Bokaro, Bhilai, Rourkela & Durgapur Steel plants

  • Tata Iron & steel Company Ltd-Jamshedpur Steel plant

  • Rastriya Ispat Nigam Ltd- Vizag Steel plant

  • Indian Iron & steel company Ltd- Burnpur

  • Jindal Iron & Steel Ltd-Toranagallu



Limestone Unit, Gotan is located near Village Gotan District Nagaur of the State Rajasthan. It is 90 kms. from Jodhpur. It is well connected with rail link on Jodhpur-Jaipur Broad Gauge Line.

The limestone deposits of Gotan are a part of the famous Sojat-Bilara-Nagaur limestone belt of Vindhyan Supergroups. Mining of limestone at Gotan was started by company in the year 1974.The company has three leases in the name of Gotan-I, Gotan-II & Basani with total area 4915.18 hects covering mines of Heera, Sawai,Sona, Dhanappa, Kerli, Keria, Ganthiyala & Pawani. These mines are around 10 KM from Gotan. The limestone deposit of Sawai-Heera & Sona mines of Basni lease are considered to be the best available deposit in the entire Sojat-Bilara-Nagaur belt. The deposit contains very low silica, high calcium and moderate decrepitation index. All the grades of limestone is produced from these mines & supplied to steel plant, chemical plant, white & gray cement plant & local kilns of limestone.

Mining is carried out by mechanized two bench opencast mining method, deploying HEMM and deep hole blasting. Sizing & loading is carried out by manual means. The different size products are dispatched FOR mines as well as by rail from Gotan Railway sidings (BG).


  • M/s Shree Ram Vinyl & Chemicals, Kota

  • M/s Grasim Ind. Ltd.,

  • M/s J. K. White Cement Works

  • M/s Indian Iron & steel company Ltd- Burnpur

  • M/s ACC Ltd, Lakheri

  • M/s Agarwal Cement & Chemicals Pvt. Ltd. ,

  • M/s Agarwal Minechem Ltd.

  • Local Limekilns of Gotan


The Fluorspar Unit, Bhinmal is located near town Bhinmal in District Jalore of the State. It is nearly 200 kms. from Jodhpur on Jodhpur–Sanchore State Highway. The mining of fluorspar at Bhinmal was undertaken by the Company from its four areas in the year 1976.Here mineral fluorspar is deposited in the volcanic rocks found as vein-forms in the agglomerates as host rocks. Fluorite mineralization occur as a cavity filling associate with fissures, joints, fracture places and shear jaws, displaying a variety of space filling structures. Most of the fluorite veins are steeply dipping. This is only deposit working for fluorspar in the state Rajasthan.

Mining operation is semi mechanized open cast multiple benches with jack hammer drilling & blasting method. The sizing & sorting & loading are done by manual means. The different grade products in gitty form are dispatched from mines


For High Grade {CaF2 30-40% to 70-75%}

  • M/s. Hariyana Steel & Alloys Ltd., Murthal

  • M/S. Bhushan Ltd., Chandigarh

  • M/s. Ambica Steel, Sahibabad

  • M/s. Starwire India Ltd., Ballabhgarh

  • M/s. Vardhaman Special Steels Ltd., Ludhiyana

  • M/s. Aarti Steels Ltd., Ludhiyana

  • M/s. Stainless India Ltd., Jodhpur

  • M/s. Synergy Steel Ltd., Alwar

  • M/s. Bharat Trades, Nagpur

For Low Grade {CaF2 15-20% to 20-30%}

  • M/s. Laxmi Cement, Banas, Sirohi

  • M/s. Raj. Ambuja Cement, Rabariwas, Pali

  • M/s. Sourastra Cement, Ranawas, Gujarat

  • M/s. Siddhi Cement, Veraval, Gujarat

  • M/s. Jay Khodiyar Transport Co., Veraval, Gujarat

Safety and Environment Protection Measure

The Company is not only concerned with the increase in production only but also equally concerned about the safety in mines and environment protection measurers. The efforts made by the company in this regard were appreciated during the Safety week & Environment Week organized by the different Departments of Govt. of India.

The mines of SBU were accredited with the number of awards under various categories like Reclamation & Rehabilitation of land, Nose & Vibration Control, Air Pollution Control, Management of sub grade Mineral, Heavy Earth Moving Machinery & Maintenance, Opencast Working Place & Plans, Dust Suppression, Welfare amenities, Explosive, Transport Road, Vocational training & supervision, HEMM and Maintenance, Welfare Amenities, Afforestation/Plantation etc. All mines of the SBU’s are ZERO accidents zone. Time to time training to the mine workers are imparted to cope up with latest technologies & also regular medical checkup are provided to each & every mine employees.

The statutory obligations formulated by the Ministry of Environment & Forest, GOI & the State Pollution Control Board are complied with by the company. Regular monitoring six monthly bases is being carried out at each mine to monitor the ambient air quality. Despite of the adverse geographical location of the mines of the SBU’s , every year plantation programme are being carried out at mines as well as around office/residential complex.

Social and Welfare Activities

For the purpose of socio economic development of the areas falling under the working zone of SBU the company is taking all possible efforts to improve the social life of the surrounding villagers of the mine areas by generating direct & indirect employment. Further, additional add is being provided to schools, panchayat under social development activity. The main activities carried out by the company are as under:-

  • Distributed books worth Rs.10,000/- in every Government Schools falling under the working area of the SBU. A sum of Rs.5.00 lakhs has been spent under this head.

  • Provided two computers in secondary school falling near the working area of the Sanu mines.

  • Fund for construction of building for Cardiothoracic Centre at government (MDM) Hospital, Jodhpur worth Rs.0.35 Crores has been released.

  • Quarterly medical health camping in association of the respective CMHO in the villages located around the mine site.

  • Construction of village approach road connecting Sanu to near by villages in Jaisalmer.


Mining/Office Location

Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals Limited
8-West Patel Nagar, Circuit House Road, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Phone: +91-291-2511031, 2512970, 2515528

Sanu Limestone Mines,
Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals Limited
Jaisalmer Ramgarh Road, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India
Phone: +91-2991-270237/270290/270267

Jaisalmer Unit office,
Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals Limited
Khanij Bhawan, Near B.P.Tank, Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India
Phone: +91-2992-252543
Fax: +91-2992-251394

Gotan Unit Office,
Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals Limited
Harsolao Road Gotan, Nagaur, Rajasthan, India
Phone: +91-1591-231030

Bhinmal Unit Office,
Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals Limited
Talbi Road, Bhinmal, Rajasthan, India
Phone: +91-2969-220057

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