GSI asked to exploit minerals in Indo-China border

  • Geo-tourism to be promoted

ITANAGAR, May 14:   Reviewing survey and drilling activities carried out by Geological Survey of India (GSI) in different parts of Arunachal Pradesh during it annual interaction meeting here on Wednesday, State’s geology and mining secretary Bidol Tayeng stressed that such activities be taken up in Indo-China border.

Besides discussion on survey and drilling activities, information and data was shared by the GSI with state’s geology & mining department during the meeting, according to an official release.

Giving present mineral deposits status in different parts of the state, the GSI revealed that about 35% deposits of country’s graphite is found in Arunachal Pradesh. When India is now importing this mineral, Arunachal could be the leading producer of graphite in the country if the GSI takes the right step.

Therefore, Tayeng said that the GSI should take note that China was reportedly undertaking huge mining activities across the border in Tibet. The development of road towards the international border should be a boon for exploration of mineral in border areas.

Thus, the GSI was requested to share information, data and its technical knowhow with the state department, offer to provide hand-holding training on mineral exploration to department officials.

In fact, the geology & mining department and GSI agreed to promote geo-tourism in the state, particularly in places with rich lime deposits.

TGSI deputy director general TL Shitiri and state department officials attended the meeting, chaired by Tayeng, the release added.

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