No discovery of around 3000-tonne gold!

No discovery of around 3000-tonne gold!

On Friday, the Department of Geology and Mining confirmed strongly that an estimated 3,000 tonnes of gold reserves have been found in Sonbhadra district, Uttar Pradesh. That means the overall value of this above-mentioned gold would be nearly Rs 12 lakh crore. And, the Son Pahadi area (108 hectares) where the gold is said to be found is a hilly area with Sonbhadra considered as one of the most backward districts of India.

Sooner, an order for its auction has also been issued through e-tendering. But, the Geological Survey of India said there has been no discovery of gold deposits which was claimed by a district mining official, named KK Rai in Sonbhadra. "Such data was not given by anybody from GSI. GSI has not estimated such kind of vast resource of gold deposits in Sonbhadra district," GSI Director General M Sridhar told.

"We share our findings regarding any resources of ore after conducting a survey with the state units... We (GSI, Northern Region) had carried out work in that region in 1998-99 and 1999-2000. The report was shared with UP DGM for information and further necessary action," he added. The Geological Survey of India (GSI), which is headquartered in Kolkata, also clarified that  "the GSI has estimated a probable category resource of 52,806.25 tonnes of ore with 3.03 grams per tonne gold (average grade) for a strike length of 170m in Sub- Block-H, Son Pahadi of Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh".

The DG said the mineralised zone having an average grade of 3.03 grams per tonne of gold is tentative in nature and the total gold which can be extracted from the total resource of 52,806.25 tonnes of ore is approximately 160 kg and not 3,350 tonnes as mentioned in the media. But, the scene is opposite on the other hand with Sonbhadra District Mining Officer K.K. Rai claiming that their report will be submitted to the Department of Mining, Lucknow by February 22. He added that a team of Department of Geology and Mining and Geological Survey of India (GSI) is engaged in this task.