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3k tonnes gold reserve in Sonbhadra de UP: GSI | India News

Sonbhadra, the mineral-rich district of eastern UP, could be seated in a gold reserve of approximately 3,000 tons, five times the current 618.2-ton Indian reserve, worth Rs 12 lakh crore.

The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has presented this estimate after exploring gold deposits for almost 20 years.

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The UP geology and mining department has sent a team to the district to map and geo-tag the area. The exercise will end on Saturday. According to an official note issued by state mining director Roshan Jacob, there are two large blocks with gold in Sonbhadra. The total estimated gold reserve in the Sona Pahadi block is 2,943 tons. The GSI has estimated that another 646 kg gold reserve could be found in the Hardi block, the note says.

If these estimates are true, India’s gold reserve would jump to second place behind the US. UU. According to data from the World Gold Council (WGC), the United States has the highest gold ownership with 8,133.5 tons, followed by Germany with 3,366 tons and the IMF with 2,814 tons. Italy (2,451.8 tons) and France (2,436 tons) are among the top five.

“After completing the mapping, we will present the report to management for further action, such as auctioning gold blocks for mining,” Sonbhadra district mining officer KK Rai, who is a member of the team that performs the mapping work. .

In addition to the gold reserves, the GSI team also discovered the presence of minerals from other metals and minerals, including Andalusian, aluminum nesosilicate ore (95.02 tons) in the Pulawar and Salaidih blocks, potash (9.46 tons) in the block Patwadh and iron (14.97 tons) in the Bharhari block. Silimanite, an aluminosilicate mineral (9.8 tons) has also been explored in the Chhipiya district block.

The team consisting of the UP geology and mining department for the mapping and labeling work composed of the joint director Jay Prakash, Dr. Vijay Kumar Maurya, KK Rai, Ram Pravesh Singh, SN Patel, Daud Ansari and Santosh Kumar Pal. Rai District Mining Officer said the team was working since February 17 and was now about to finish his assigned job.

Sonbhadra DM S Rajalingam said that the GSI and the geology and mining management had requested permission to study the area. “The team would present the report to management for further action,” he added.

Sonbhadra, which shares a border with four states, is an image of dichotomy. While, on the one hand, the Far East district of UP is also considered the energy capital of India, with seven plants, on the other, it is counted among most of the country’s backward districts and among the 33 UP districts that receive grants under the Late Regions Grant Fund Program (BRGFP) It also has the highest tribal population in UP.

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