The basic rock salt mining by Hindustan Salt Ltd in Mandi district is likely to be converted into a full-fledged Rs 250-crore solution mining project, making Himachal the only state in North India where edible salt will be produced at a mega scale.

The dispute over rock salt mining at three sites in the Darang area of Mandi district being undertaken by Hindustan Salt Ltd for the past several decades was finally resolved. The Chief Managing Director of the public undertaking, RK Tandon, met Additional Chief Secretary (Industries) Harinder Hira to resolve the irritants, which had prevented the proper extraction of salt deposits in the area spread over 123 acres.