Jhelum, 12 April 2023 (TDI): The United States (US) Consulate General Lahore recently tweeted about their visit to the Khewra Salt Mines, one of Pakistan’s most prominent salt mines located in the Punjab region.
To begin, he highlighted the significance of the these Salt Mines, stating that much of the world’s pink salt is exported from this region.
The US Consulate expressed his appreciation to the Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation (PMDC) for the tour of the mines and described the experience of being 3000 ft underground and surrounded by salt as incredible.
About Khewra Salt Mines
For the information, the Khewra Salt Mines are considered to be one of the largest and oldest salt mines in the world, with a history dating back to the time of Alexander the Great.
Located approximately 160 kilometers south of Islamabad in the Khewra Tehsil of the Jhelum District, the mines were discovered by Alexander’s troops in 320 BC. The mines were later developed during the Mughal era and have since become a major source of salt for Pakistan and the world.
Notably, the mines produce a variety of salt products, including table salt, industrial salt, and decorative salt. The salt is also used in a range of industries, such as chemical manufacturing, leather processing, and textile dyeing.
Additionally, the Khewra Salt Mines are a popular tourist attraction, drawing thousands of visitors each year who come to see the stunning natural formations and learn about the history and significance of the mines.
These mines are particularly known for their pink salt, which is a type of rock salt that is naturally pink in color due to the presence of minerals such as iron oxide.
This unique and attractive coloration has made pink salt a popular decorative item, often used in lamps, sculptures, and other household items.
Promoting responsible resource management in Pakistan
The PMDC, the organization responsible for managing the Khewra Salt Mines, is dedicated to ensuring the sustainable and responsible management of Pakistan’s mineral resources.
The organization works closely with local communities and stakeholders to promote the development of these resources while also protecting the environment and supporting the needs of the people who live and work in the region.
In a nutshell, the Khewra Salt Mines are an important source of salt and a significant part of Pakistan’s cultural heritage.
The recent visit by the US Consulate General Lahore highlights the significance of this remarkable site and the important role that the PMDC plays in promoting responsible resource management.
With its unique natural formations and historical significance, the Khewra Salt Mines will continue to be a valuable resource for Pakistan and the world for generations to come.