Punjab Chief Secretary Khizar Hayyat Gondal has ordered speeding up process of consultation on steel-making from the iron ore deposits in Kalabagh and Chiniot.

Chairing a consultative meeting regarding utilizing potential of locally-available iron ore deposits at Kalabagh and Chiniot here at Civil Secretariat on Wednesday, he said that huge reserves of iron ore existed in Kalabagh and Chiniot.

Utilizing these iron deposits in a best possible way was the need of the hour, he said and added that Punjab government had taken concrete measures to tap mineral resources in the province. The government was providing facilities and opportunities for private sector so that it could play its role in economic growth. German Consultant Company IMC presented the steel prepared from iron ore of Kalabagh. German experts also shared details of the initial feasibility report regarding steel-making from iron ore of Kalabagh.

On this occasion, Secretary Mines Dr Arshad Mehmood gave detailed briefing. Participants of the meeting presented their suggestions.

aSteel Mills Owners Association office-bearers lauded the efforts of Punjab government for utilizing iron ore depots in the province.

Chairman Planning and Development Department, DG PCSIR, representatives of Research Institutes, experts of mining and metallurgy and office-bearers of Steel Mills Owner Association also attended the meeting.