Guwahati, February 10: Marking a revelatory founding, deposits of granite, silica and china clay (kaolin) have been unearthed in Goalpara, Nagaon and Karbi Anglong districts of Assam. The estimated worth of this mineral wealth has been calculated to be Rs 1,968.40 crore.
As per reports, the minerals were discovered after an extensive process of drilling and mapping by a team of experts from the Department of Geology and Mining, Assam, the reserves of which have been now put on e-auction. The lease period for these reserves has been fixed for 20 years.
Reportedly, the Director of Geology and Mining GC Panesar said that this initiative remains one of its kinds in the history of Assam considering minerals have never been discovered or auctioned before. Other than coal and lime, much effort has not been placed on the excavation of minerals in the state earlier. GC Panesar is hopeful that more of such mineral reserves await exploration in the future.
It was further unravelled by Panesar that the best quality of granite of five million cubic square was discovered in Goalpara district, across two blocks (0.75 sq km each) on the Ajagar Hills, each block worth 220 crores. Citing this particular episode, he further stated that while the Forest department wanted to sell of the granite at Rs 200 per cubic meters mistaking it for ordinary stones, these granites are worth Rs 4,000 per cubic metres.
While pink granite reserves were discovered in Hatiutha hills of Morigaon, silica sand deposits of 1,13,89,842 cubic meters and 1,14,27,240 cubic meters worth Rs 751 crore and Rs 754 crore respectively were found across two blocks in Jiajuri in Nagaon district. The land areas for these blocks in Nagaon have been reported to be 1.008 sq km and 1.001 sq respectively. On the other hand, China clay (kaolin) reserves of 1,32,972 cubic meters worth Rs 11.70 crore have been discovered across two blocks in Karbi Anglong’s Upper Deopani. The land area for these blocks is 0.42 sq each.