Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 29:
Steel and Mines minister Prafulla Kumar Mallick on Friday informed the State Assembly that around 413 million tonnes (MTs) of new mineral deposits had been found in 10 districts of Odisha.
The minister said around 210 million tonnes of new iron ore deposits have been found in Keonjhar and Sundargarh district: 174 MT in Khandadhar area, 15.80 MT at Dengula and 16.15 MT at Sagasahi in Sundargarh district. Efforts are on to assess the volume of iron ore deposits at Netrabandha hills and Bhaliadihi in the district, he said.
Apart from this, traces of iron ore deposits have been found at Bamniajor in Keonjhar district, he added.
While new manganese ore deposits have been found at Kenamenta, Mutakudara and Rangua in Sundargarh district, new bauxite deposits have been found in Rayagada, Kalahandi, Koraput, Kandhamal and Sundargarh districts, the minister informed the House.
In Rayagada district, 49 MT of bauxite deposits have been found in Budharajamali, Tikirimali, Sundaraghata, Kashipur and Majhingamali areas. 88 MT of bauxite deposits have been found in the Keluamali, Krushnamali, Samaramali and Gunupur areas of Kalahandi district, 49 MT in Semiliguda, Pottangi, Nandapur and Rampur areas of Koraput district, and 33 MT in Ushamali, Chidamali and Anamini hill areas of Kandhamal district, the minister informed.
Besides, gem stone deposits in Jaramunda-Jamukunda area of Mayurbhanj district and graphite deposits in Badakuntala, Karabira, Nuakut, Serkunda and Bandhabhuin areas of Angul districts have also been found, he said, adding that the assessment of the volume mineral deposits in these areas is underway.
Quoting statistical report of the Steel and Mines department, Mallick said of the total mineral deposits in the country, Odisha has 54 percent of bauxite, 10 percent of China Clay, 25 percent of coal, 86 percent of chromite, 5 percent of graphite, 32 percent of iron ore, 8 percent of dolomite, and 44 percent of manganese deposits.