0552 GMT January 16, 2021
According to the type of mineral, 57 mines in the field of metallic minerals, 31 mines in the field of non-metallic minerals, 44 mines of decorative stones as well as 25 mines of building materials resumed production during the eight-month period, IRNA reported.
Saying that the mines have been reactivated as part of a comprehensive program for reviving idle small mines across the country, IMIDRO Managing Director Khodadad Gharibpour announced that 200 mines are planned to be put back into operation by March 20, 2021.
Under the framework of the IMIDRO program, 672 idle mines have been identified and prioritized in the current Iranian year, and diagnostic procedures have been performed on 194 mines to determine the reasons for the halt in their production.
Reviving small mines plays a significant role in job creation throughout the country, Gharibpour said back in June.
Following this program, so far, various small-scale mines including chromite, manganese, hematite, and dolomite, iron ore, copper, and construction stone mines have been surveyed by monitoring and diagnosing the problems of the mines and providing solutions for their problems.