Project Detail

Project Name Quarry Up-gradation Mastung-1
Project Start date April 2009
Mine Owner Abdul Karim
JV Partner(s) PASDEC, MOI&P, Government of Pakistan and M/s Saleheen Mining Co
Tonnage Produced  
Color of Stone Light Beige
Commercial Name Kumbela
Location 40 km South of Quetta, Balochistan , Pakistan
Co-ordinates 29⁰51-53’ N lat; 66⁰56-58’ E long

SaleheemThe areas granted to present stake holders for marble and granite fall in two distinct geological environments, which are;

i. Foreland sedimentary fold belt – Kirthar and Suleman ranges

ii. Chagai – Raskoh magmatic arc.

A brief description of these setting is provided hereunder for the regional understanding;

Foreland Sedimentary Fold Belt – Kirthar and Suleman Ranges

This belt forms the hill ranges west and north of Indus Plain. It is located on Indo – Pakistan plate and was folded during the collision process when the Indo – Pakistan plate went under basement segmentation (Bannert et al, 1992). It is a mountainous region with altitudes exceeding 3,000 meters (m), (Zarghoon, 3,562 m) east of Quetta.

The rocks overlying the basement of Indo – Pakistan Plate are mainly of Mesozoic and tertiary age. The Mesozoic sediments are of Marine geosynclinals and partially pelagic origin. During the end of cretaceous, the Pab sandstone (Vredenburg 1901), a deltaic terrigenous sandstone sequence derived from the Indian Shield, was deposited in geosynical pelagic environment ending the prevailing calcareous sedimentation. The Pab sandstone attains its greatest thickness of 1,700m in the suleman range and in the Pab range of Khuzdar block (Hunting Survey Corporation 1960, white 1981). The overlying tertiary rocks were mostly deposited under shallow water conditions.