Ranchi, India: Ore reserves in the Indian state, Jharkhand, will be assessed using remote sensing technology, announced Hemant Soren, Deputy Chief Minister, Jharkhand.
Addressing a press conference, Soren said, “We have prepared maps of iron ore mines by remote sensing and we plan to assess the availabilities of limestone, bauxite, graphite and kyanite by remote sensing.” He added that the mines department generated INR 2,135.46 crore in 2010-11.
Jharkhand is home to 40 per cent the country’s mineral reserves. The mapping was conducted by Jharkhand Space Application Centre and National Remote Sensing Agency in association with National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC).
In 2009, when the mapping was about to start, the state’s Geology Director J.P. Singh said, “The mapping will enable us to get a sense of the extent of minerals in a location, assess the extent of forest cover in the vicinity, and the number of existing leases given to different companies. That way, we will have the complete database on the current mineral reserves.”
According to him, besides iron ore, other minerals like bauxite, dolomite, limestone, graphite, magnetite, quartz, manganese, gold and diamond will be covered in the survey.