UP has deposits of gold, diamonds: GSI

Virendra Singh Rawat
Lucknow / Nov 30, 2018
Uttar Pradesh has deposits of gold, diamonds and other precious metals in the Vindhya and Bundelkhand regions, according to Geological Survey of India (GSI).


“From geological studies, it has been estimated that UP has gold deposits in Sonbhandra, while copper reserves have been projected in the Bundelkhand region. However, there is need for more scientific research,” GSI Additional Director General (ADG) Som Nath Chandel said here last week.


He said UP is believed to have diamond reserves too, but it has not been explored much beyond the 150 year old geological records of the British period, when the area was first mapped for precious stones.


Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) had earlier planned to explore the sub-Himalayan region of UP for oil and natural gas and they were even given prospecting licenses by the state government.


“The state is also estimated to have reserves of another precious metal class platinum,” Chandel said adding such surveys needed deeper drilling.


Meanwhile, GSI has sought two drilling rigs for deeper ground explorations in the Northern Region, which comprises Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. The area spans about 0.67 million sq km, of which UP is estimated to have the largest acreage of about 268,000 sq km.


Following its geological works, GSI has helped in the discovery of 86 million tonnes (MT) of industrial and fertiliser minerals in UP; 28 MT of copper, 3.1 MT of tin and 1.35 MT of tungsten in Haryana; 34 MT of limestone in Uttarakhand; and 944 MT of limestone in J&K.


He said GSI and Defence Terrain Research Laboratory (DTRL) have jointly developed an early warning system for landslides. DTRL functions under Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). “We have completed our part in the development of the system and now DTRL would conduct its trials before the system if formally deployed.”

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