Madhya Pradesh has begun process to set up diamond park in Panna: Chouhan

Panna district, located over 380 km from Bhopal, has reserves estimated to be containing diamonds totalling 12 lakh carats
Last Updated : 25 September 2021, 10:06 IST

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The Madhya Pradesh government has initiated the process of setting up a diamond cutting and polishing park in the state's Panna district, which has a vast reserve of gems, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said.

"Panna is located in Madhya Pradesh but work of cutting polishing of diamonds is carried out in other places. So, we have started the process of setting up a diamond park here," Chouhan said while addressing a programme at a Polytechnic College Ground here on Friday.

Panna district, located over 380 km from Bhopal, has reserves estimated to be containing diamonds totalling 12 lakh carats, according to officials. Meanwhile, 105 diamonds weighing 144.32 carats, excavated from Panna mines, fetched Rs 1.87 crore during the three-day auction that concluded on Thursday, diamond officer Ravi Patel said.

The proceeds from the auction of raw diamonds would be given to the miners who found them after deducting government royalty and taxes at 11.5 per cent, which is Rs 21.51 lakh in this auction, he said. He said a 14-carat diamond, the biggest diamond available for auction, went unsold and will be put in the next auction after three months.

"This 14-carat diamond could not reach the auction price… At times it happens due to clarity of colour. It is a big size gem but the quality is degraded due to black spots. We want it to fetch good rates,” he said. A carat is a unit of weight used to measure the size of a gemstone such as a diamond.

The per-carat rate of a gemstone depends on its quality. A 12.08-carat diamond fetched the highest price of Rs 42.40 lakh at the auction. It was sold at the rate of Rs 3.51 lakh per carat, the officer had said earlier.

However, an 8.22-carat diamond mined earlier this month attracted the highest price per carat in the auction attended by traders from various parts of India. "This 8.22-carat diamond was sold at Rs 4.51 lakh per carat fetching Rs 37.07 lakh," he said.

A group of four labourers had found this 8.22-carat diamond from leased land in the Hirapur Tapariyan area of the Panna district and deposited it in the Panna's Diamond Office on September 13. Patel said a 6.47-carat diamond was sold at Rs 15.36 lakh at the rate of Rs 2.37 lakh per carat.

Similarly, a 5.05-carat diamond was sold at Rs 11.66 lakh. During this three-day auction, a total of 155 gemstones weighing 206.68 carats were put up for sale.

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Published 25 September 2021, 08:38 IST

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