The State Mines and Geology Department is in consultation with agencies involved in the discovery, including GSI and the National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC), for the discovery of gold deposits in Jamui, a senior official said.
According to a survey by the Geological Survey of India, there are about 222.88 million tonnes of gold reserves in Bihar’s Jamui district, including 27.6 tonnes of mineral ore, PTI reported.
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“The State Mines and Geology Department is in consultation with agencies involved in the discovery of gold deposits in Jamui, including GSI and the National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC),” Additional Chief Secretary Comm Mines Commissioner Harjot Kaur Bamhra told the agency.
The top official said the consultation process had begun after analyzing the results of the survey which indicated the presence of gold in areas such as Karmatia, Zaza and Sono in Jamui district.
The Bihar government is likely to sign a memorandum of understanding with a central agency or agency for G3 (primary) exploration over a period of one month, Bamra said, adding that G2 (general) exploration can also be undertaken in some areas.
Last year, Union mining minister Pralhad Joshi had said in the Lok Sabha that Bihar has the largest share of India’s gold reserves. In a written reply, Bihar said it had 222.885 million tonnes of gold, accounting for 44 per cent of the country’s total gold reserves.
“According to the National Mineral inventory, the total reserves of primary gold ore in the country as at 1.4.2015 are estimated to be 501.83 million tonnes with 654.74 tonnes of gold. Bihar has 222.885 million tonnes (44 per cent).
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