Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka will conduct an aerial survey of its mineral resources, said Geological Survey and Mines Bureau chairman Dr. M.J. Wijayananda. A South African company had been selected through a tender procedure to conduct the survey.
The survey will cost USD 17 million and is expected to take one and a half years. The necessary funds have been requested from the Treasury. The survey will begin early next year.
This is the first aerial survey to be carried out since the 1950s. Anuradhapura and Hambantota will be the first districts to be surveyed due to the concerns about the alleged presence of arsenic in the soil, said Dr. Wijayananda.
Source: Daily Mirror