WINGS AND FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT




(i) Mineral Wing

          (ii) Groundwater Wing


(i) Mineral Wing :

The functions of the Mineral Wing are:

a) Geological mapping

b) Structure mapping

c) Mineral resources estimation

d) Determine quality/grade of mineral deposits

Diamond drilling unit helps the Geologists in knowing the extension of mineral deposit at depth and also helps in collecting core samples from different depths below ground surface. Chemical laboratory at Director's office and also chemical laboratories at Mysore, Chitradurga, Dharwar, Belgaum, Bellary and Gulbarga carry out analysis of mineral samples. In the metallurgical laboratory at Bangalore, ore beneficiation is being carried out. Applications for mining and prospecting licence are being processed at Director's office and M.L and P.L are granted. Application for quarry leases for ornamental stonres (specified minor mineral) are processed at Director's office and leases are granted/executed. At district level, quarry leases for building stones (non-specified minor mineral) are granted by the Geologist/Senior Geologists.

(ii) Groundwater Wing

The functions of the Groundwater Wing are:

a) Groundwater resources estimation

b) Groundwater level monitoring

c) Select sites for drilling bore well for domestic, agricultural and industrial purposes.

Geophysical section conducts geophysical investigations through vertical depth probes and profiling. Geophysicists also conduct geophysical surveys to pin-point sites for drilling bore wells and to understand subsurface in homogeneties.

Hydrogeologists of the department are assisted by Drilling Section in drilling experimental bore wells and determining yield in the bore wells. Groundwater drilling section takes up cleaning of bore wells and retrieving pumps from bore wells, groundwater/surface water samples are analysed at Chemical laboratory at Director's office and also in the divisional laboratories at Mysore, Chitradurga, Dharwar, Belgaum, Bellary and Gulbarga.