Jaipur: Pratapgarh district in Rajasthan, neighbouring Madhya Pradesh’s Panna district, which is famous for diamond mines, can also emerge as a major diamond mining region in coming days.

More than half-a-dozen national and multi-national companies have set their eyes on Sherpura village of Pratapgarh district after it was revealed that there are diamond mines hidden in this region.

The state government will soon decide on their applications seeking permission for mining. Spread in 80 km, the Panna mines are Asia’s largest mechanised diamond mines. The mines have a capacity of mining 84,000 carats of diamonds per year.

During a geological survey in Sherpura village diamond particles were found. The concerned department officials were not anticipated to this. According to experts, if surveys are conducted at a scientific level then Sherpura could overtake Panna in diamond.

According to Department of Mining and Geology, national and multi-national companies are seeking permission for mining for around 1000 sq km. However, the department has refused to disclose the name of the companies and it has been said that all proposals in this regard have been forwarded to the state government.

The state government will soon decide on the applications. Surrounding near Panna and Pratapgarh region has almost common geographical conditions. Firstly, Sherpura is adjacent to Panna and secondly it houses conglomerate stones. And that’s why multi-national companies are taking interest in the region.

JPN/ Bureau