Khewra Salt Mines

Posted on November 20, 2022
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Khewra Salt Mines

The Khewra Salt Mine (or Mayo Salt Mine) is in Khewra, north of Pind Dadan Khan,[1] an administrative subdivision of Jhelum DistrictPunjab Region, Pakistan. The mine is in the Salt Range, Potohar plateau, which rises from the Indo-Gangetic Plain,[2] and is the second largest in the world. [3][4][5][6]

The mine is famous for its production of pink Khewra salt, often marketed as Himalayan salt, and is a major tourist attraction, drawing up to 250,000 visitors a year.[7] Its history dates back to its discovery by Alexander‘s troops in 320 BC, but it started trading in the Mughal era.[8] The main tunnel at ground level was developed by H. Warth, a mining engineer, in 1872 during British rule. After independence, the BMR took possession until 1956 and then PIDC owned the mines till 1965. After India-Pakistan war in 1965, the WPIDC took over the administration of salt mines and in 1974, the Pakistan Mineral Development Corporation took over the mine, which still remains the largest source of salt in the country, producing more than 350,000 tons per annum[9] of about 99% pure halite.[7] Estimates of the reserves of salt in the mine vary from 82 million tons[10] to 600 million tons