FROM THE DIRECTOR’S DESK
Department of Mines and Geology is more than 110 years old. The erstwhile
Mysore Geological Department was established in the year 1894 with the
objective of Geological and structural mapping of the then Mysore State. The
pioneering efforts of the Geologists like R.Bruce Foote, H.K.Slater,
W.F.Smeeth, P.Sampath Iyengar and others has resulted in the preparation of the
Geological map of old Mysore State. Geological investigations lead to the
discovery of different mineral deposits in the State. This has helped in
establishing many mineral based industries in the State.
recent years, apart from the mineral and groundwater investigation, it has
become one of the revenue earning departments of the State. Ten years back
revenue realisation was about 55.00 crores and to-day it has reached about
the year 1966 for the first time Dr. B.P.Radhakrishna, the then Director of
Mines and Geology, initiated investigations for the study of occurrence and
availability of groundwater resources in the State. The efforts of the
hydrogeologists of the Department gave a great impetus to the irrigation in the
dry lands of the State and also provided safe and assured drinking water mainly
to the rural population of the State. Since 1998, the department has started on
a pilot scale constructing artificial recharge structures by using remote
sensing techniques to recharge the groundwater resources in the State.
Department has initiated many new investigations and studies to tackle the
problems in groundwater and mineral fronts.