Center urges eastern states to explore untapped mineral resources

01 Sep 2021

To meet rising demand and lower import bills, the central government has urged Odisha and its neighbouring states to explore untapped mineral resources.

According to an official release, mines departments and state Public Sector Undertakings(PSUs) have also been advised to participate actively in exploration activities and submit funding proposals.

As per the report, the Geological Survey of India (GSI) presented a presentation at a workshop in Bhubaneswar on potential mineral exploration areas in -- Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, and Jharkhand.

The event was hosted by the Ministry of Mines in partnership with the GSI and the Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited (MECL).

As per the press release, increased exploration activities are required to meet rising demand and keep import costs low.

The Ministry of Mines promised to work with state governments on this project to the fullest extent possible.

Through the National Mineral Exploration Trust, the workshop also featured in-depth presentations on project formulation, approval, and implementation mechanisms.

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