illegal gypsum mining in Bikaner

Illegal mining of gypsum near the India-Pak border increases the risk of infiltration

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  • Post published:February 12, 2023

Gypsum is being mined illegally, 250 meters away from the Indo-Pak border, 180 kilometers from Bikaner. While there is a complete ban on mining near the border.

According to Dainik Bhaskar’s report, gypsum worth 1.50 crores is being dug daily in Rawla Panchayat area adjacent to the Pakistan border. And all this is also in the eyes of the administration but no action is being taken on it.

This illegal mining can increase the problem of infiltration as mining will make tunneling easier.

According to reports, the mining mafia has sold gypsum worth Rs 270 crore in the last 6 months. Every day 100 to 150 trucks are entering at the block. It is estimated that 7500 tonnes of gypsum are being carried every day in these trucks.

The situation is so serious that JCB and LNT are being run even on the land of residential places, schools, hospitals, and children’s parks. Illegal mining is happening on about 100 bighas of land.

Everyone is blaming each other in this matter. People say that the Panchayat people are getting all this done, while the Panchayat says that the government itself is getting this mining done.

Gypsum in Rajasthan

Let us tell you that 82 percent of the country’s gypsum is found in Rajasthan. A total of 1055 million tonnes of gypsum reserves are present here. It is found in abundance in Rajasthan’s Bikaner, Nagaur, Barmer, Hanumangarh, Jaisalmer, Shri Ganganagar, and Jalore.

Gypsum is a mineral also known as selenite. Plaster of Paris is formed when it is heated to 120°C. Plaster of Paris is used in the construction of houses, artifacts, and for medical purposes.


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