Kolkata: On Saturday, The Geological Survey of India (GSI) said that there has has been no discovery of gold in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh which was estimated to be around 3,000 tonnes, as claimed by a district mining official.
“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 (DG) M Sridhar told PTI in Kolkata this evening. “We share our findings regarding any resources of ore after conducting 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 said.
He further added that the exploration works of the GSI for gold was not satisfactory and the result was not encouraging to come with major resources for gold in Sonbhadra district. The exploration works of the GSI for gold was not satisfactory and the results were not encouraging to come up with major resources for gold in Sonbhadra district, he added.
Rejecting the claim of the district mining officer K K Rai that gold deposits were found, Sridhar said that in the report “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”.