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Government of India
Ministry of Mines
11-March-2015 17:49 IST
Declaration of Geo-Heritage Sites

The Geological Survey of India [GSI], an attached office of the Ministry of Mines, received proposals from the State Governments of Sikkim, Kerala and Jammu & Kashmir. The details are given below:

Sikkim: A request was received from Dept. of Mines, Minerals & Geology; Govt. of Sikkim for development of Geo-Tourism in Pre-Cambrian (Fossil) Park at Mamley, Namchi, South district, Sikkim. GSI has issued a resolution declaring the Stromatolite bearing Dolomite / Limestone of Buxa Formation at Mamley as Geoheritage site on 24.06.2014 requesting the State Government to issue necessary notification and instructions for their protection and conservation.

Kerala: A proposal was received from the State Planning Board, Government of Kerala for declaring the Varkala Cliff as National Geological monument. A Resolution declaring the Varkalla Cliff as Geoheritage site has been issued by GSI on 28.05.2014 requesting the State Government to issue necessary notification and instructions for their protection and conservation.

Jammu and Kashmi: A request had been received from the Industries and Commerce Department, Govt. of Jammu and Kashmir for preservation of Geological Fossilliferous Zone at Guryal near Khanmoh District, Srinagar. GSI is evaluating the geological setting within the constraints of prevailing law and order situation in the area.

This information was given by Minister of State Sh. Vishnu Deo Sai in reply to a question Rajya Sabha today

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