Mines and Geology


Gadag mining is one of the major industries in the district. Mineral resources are rich in the district. Building stone sand, gray & pink granite iron ore and gold are mineral resources are the taluks of mining in Gadag, Mundaragi and Shirahatti district.

Various private companies have conducted mining operations in Gadag district and mining operations are being carried out at the mining sites in Gadag district. In this case, extraction, processing, and diffusion of land are being carried out.


From the headquarters to the Divisional Offices to be collected as per the prescribed period of procurement.

The MGD has the statutory responsibility under the Mining/Quarrying Act and the Quarries Control Act to exercise general supervision over all prospecting, Mining/Quarrying and quarrying operations throughout the district. The Department also manages the investigation, characterization, documentation and release information on all aspects of the geology of Gadag.


To develop a comprehensive scientific understanding of the geology of the Gadag and to direct the orderly development of the district’s mineral industry, ensuring all activities proceed in accordance with the Mining/ Quarrying legislation and in harmony with the environment.


To become a center of excellence equipped with the capacity to ensure the optimum exploitation of the mineral resources of the district in a sustainable manner and reducing vulnerability to geological hazards and natural disasters through integrated solutions.

The customers of the Department include:

  • Mining/Quarrying and exploration
  • Prospectors
  • Government agencies (central, statutory, local and foreign)
  • Mineral consultants and investors
  • Architects
  • Construction
  • Environmental consultants

The MGD is divided into two main sections:


The continued focus on exploration activities by the Department cannot be over emphasized as more and more industrial and metallic minerals are identified in economic quantities. This was manifested in the identification of gold as well as high value industrial minerals. This allows for the diversification of the district minerals industry which has traditionally been associated with gold Mining/Quarrying. The geosciences community as well as to environmental agencies, and the quarry and construction sectors.


Mining/Quarrying is the next step after exploration and the Mining/Quarrying Geologist/Mining Engineers are responsible for ensuring that all activities are conducted in compliance with the Mining/Quarrying Act, the Quarries Control Act, well as the corresponding Regulations. As such, the Department also processes all applications for prospecting rights, licences, leases and permits for all minerals and quarry materials. Inspections are carried out at all mines and quarries to ensure good mine engineering practices, the complete Mining/Quarrying and restoration of pits/construction of protection wall, investigation of complaints regarding illicit Mining/Quarrying/quarrying and other environment matters, as well as ensuring the safety and health of all employees within the Mining/Quarrying and quarrying sector. The Department, through its Evaluation and Revenue Unit is also responsible for deter Mining/Quarrying and collecting royalties and quarry tax payable to the Government for all minerals and quarry materials sold or otherwise disposed of.

The Department continues to play an integral role in the strategic development of the district mineral resources and has adopted a number of measures to address some of the negative impacts of Mining/Quarrying and quarrying. In addition, the MGD collaborates with a number of local and international organizations and represents the district on a number of bodies such as the Revenue department, Police department, Zilla panchayat, Taluka panchayath, Gramapanchayath, Social welfare,water resource, Karnataka state Polution Control Board, Forest department , Regional transport and inter alia.

Functions & Objectives

The main objective of the Department is to scrutinize and accord sanction for the implementation of the plans/schemes/policies related to the critical task of

(a) Geological investigation/exploration of minerals

(b) administration of mines and minerals by the senior Geologist of Mineral Resources.

The main activities of the Senior Geologist office are :

  • Systematic exploration of mineral deposits for preparing mineral inventory.
  • Development and conservation of minerals.
  • Encourage value addition of minerals through promotion of mineral based industries.
  • Strengthen mineral administration.
  • Enforcement of mineral laws and rules.
  • Collection of royalty/DMF/APP/AAPP/EPF/performance guarantee/ financial assurance S&D Charge/Quarrying plan approval charge to generate revenue.
  • Ensure scientific mining, safety & welfare measures.
  • Encourage M-sand units for mineral development activities.

Schemes & Benefits

Schemes Purpose Budget Provision
1.Installation of additional check posts and computerization system connecting check posts, Department of mines and Geology Department. Monitoring the revenue collection DMF Fund CSR & Corpus fund
2. DMF Fund & Corpus fund utilization

Regional Geology Of Gadag

Geology and Mineral Wealth 

Dharwar Craton encompasses major parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh States. Dharwar Craton is a typical Archaean-Proterozoic granite-greenstone terrain. An array of granitic litho units such as tonalite, granodiorite, adamellite and granite constitute this Archaean-Proterozoic granitic terrain. They are frequently deformed into complex gneisses. The granitic rocks of varying composition and their gneisses are together known as Peninsular Gneissic Complex (PGC). The area represents the Archean Closepet granite. Intrusion of granites called as Closepet gray granite is a significant event in the evolution of the Dharwar craton. The Archean Closepet granite is a ploy phase body intruding the PGC and the associated supracrustal rocks. The granite outcrop runs for nearly 500 km and cut across the regional metamorphic structures such as granulite facies in the south and green-schist facies in the North. In the transitional zones of amphibolite-granulite facies granites were formed in mixing up with charnokites and migmatites. Anatexis of peninsular gneiss led to the formation of granites. Since the river Tunga Bhadra river flows through Peninsular Gneissic Complex, the formation of this sand block is due to weathering and transportation of these rocks.


  • Application or Renewal for Quarry Licence/lease – 2000.00
  • Application for Transfer of Quarry Licence/lease – 25,000.00/Acre
  • Application for MDP (Bulk) – 50.00 
  • Application for Mineral Dealers Licence – 10,000.00 
  • Quarry plan approval/modified fee – 2,000.00/1000.00
  • Stone crusher application Fee – 5,000.00
  • Stone crusher HP fee – 100.00/Hp
  • Security Deposit for Building stone – 5000.00/acre
  • Security Deposit for Granite – 10000.00/Acre
  • EMD for sand – 11000.00/Acre
  • Sand tender application fee – 10000.00/Application(Others) 5000.00/Application(SC/ST/PH)


Contact Details

Head Office 

Department of Mines and Geology
#49, Khanija Bhavan,
Race Course road, Bengaluru-560001
E-Mail : &
Tel: 080 22384134-35, 22384134-206

District Office 

Deputy Director,
Mini Vidhan Soudha(DC Office)
Hubli Road
Gadag – 582103