NEW DELHI: Indian geologists have discovered two gold mines containing 3,350 tonnes of gold ore in Sonbhadra district of northern Uttar Pradesh state.
The discovery of gold deposits, after two decades of search by Geological Survey of India (GSI) and Uttar Pradesh Directorate of Geology and Mining, is around five times the current gold reserves of India, which is around 626 tonnes.
“The government is thinking of putting these deposits on lease for mining, for which a survey is being done. Gold deposits have been found at two places – Sonpahadi and Hardi field. GSI estimated gold deposits of 2,700 tonnes in Sonpahadi and 650 tonnes in Hardi field,” mining officer KK Rai said.
The state mining department has formed a seven-member team that visited Sonbhadra. The team will map the area and conduct geo-tagging.
Officials say the mineral-rich mines of Sonbhadra are easy to dig due to their geographical position. The government will start the auction process as soon as compensation and necessary approvals are granted, they said.
Apart from gold, officials are also exploring the possibility of rare minerals like uranium in the area. Bundelkhand and Vindhyan districts of Uttar Pradesh are rich in minerals like gold, diamond, platinum, limestone, granite, phosphate, quartz and China clay.
The exploration of the vast gold mines and other minerals will give a big boost to the state’s revenue. Apart from providing both skilled and unskilled jobs, this will also lead to much-needed development of the backward regions of the two districts of the state.