Chhattisgarh, India has earned record revenue of ₹12,941 crore from minerals for the year 2022-23, a rise of ₹636 crore from the previous fiscal. Iron ore fetched the highest ₹3,607 crore followed by ₹3,336 crore from coal, while Dantewada was the top-earning district in terms of mineral revenue.
Limestone and bauxite too fetched sizable revenue. Dantewada contributed ₹6419 crore, followed by Korba ₹2361 crore, Raigarh ₹1717 crore, Balod ₹760 crore, Baloda Bazar ₹315 crore, Kanker ₹286 crore and Surguja ₹262 crore.
The state government’s policy introduced in 2015-16 has facilitated e-auctioning of two major limestone blocks, namely Karhi Chandi in Balodabazar-Bhatapara district and Kesla in Raipur district.
The limestone production from these blocks commenced in 2022-23, and the government has received its share through a revenue-sharing mechanism that includes royalties, DMF, environment, and infrastructure charges, along with profits generated by the blocks.