Highly sought-after Desert Cream Granite is being extracted from a sprawling 300 hectare mining site in Mungeria, in the Indian state of Rajasthan.
The Barmer district in West India spreads across 28,387 km2 (10,960 m2) of land and forms part of the Great Indian Desert, also known as the Thar Desert. In summer months temperature can soar to 51 °C and drop to freezing point in winter. Like many other districts in the desert region, Barmer is known for its folk music and dance. Unlike other areas, though, Barmer is also home to a specialty stone – the durable and beautiful Desert Cream Granite.
Pacific Stone Mart – a leading exporter operating out of Barmer District in Rajasthan State – is a pioneer in the manufacturing of natural stone products in India. It mines a large variety of natural stone and manufactures, supplies and exports the material, catering for the needs of general contractors, developers, architects, homebuilders, designers and dealers.
The company produces blocks, slabs, and cut-to-size tiles for wholesale. The precious Desert Cream Granite is available in a range of sizes, block dimensions often dependent on the transport logistics of worldwide delivery. The stone is sent to suppliers in the U.S, Europe, Middle East and Asia. Pacific Stone Mart is a family run business, supported by a team of external professionals.
Setting the standard
Pacific Stone Mart operates a fleet of Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) excavators, helping to extract and transport blocks across the site. It was the first company in Rajasthan to buy a Volvo EC380D-Series excavator, a move which encouraged other quarry owners in surrounding areas to follow suit.
“Now we believe that we are also the first company in India to place an order for a Volvo L350F block handler as well,” says Mr. B R Agarwal, founder and owner of Pacific Stone Mart. “Being the first off the mark comes naturally to us I guess.”