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Jamshedpur, India: The state’s geology department will be tracing the availability of minerals, especially limestone and bauxite, buried deep underground right from the sky, taking the help of satellites.

Director of Geology J.P. Singh confirmed that the department has tied up with the National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA) and Jharkhand Space Application centre (JSAC) for the process. He added that this was the first time that the department would be taking the help of satellite imaging to track mineral deposits.

The process of using satellite images for a survey also helps interested parties to get an initial idea of the availability of deposits in a leased area before carrying out an actual ground survey.

The department is also trying to demarcate limestone belts beginning from Latehar, spreading into Lohardaga, Palamau, Ramgarh and Hazaribagh and ending at Jhalda in West Singhbhum, better with remote sensing.

According to a geology department estimate, Jharkhand’s limestone reserve could be anywhere around 200-300MT, which can be confirmed only through a detailed survey.