Arunachal deposits put India on vanadium map

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By A O News Service

ITANAGAR, Jan 11: Arunachal Pradesh, known to have huge qualities of mineral in its hilly regions, could be India’s prime producer of vanadium, a high-value metal used in strengthening steel and titanium.

Exploration being carried out by Geological Survey of India (GSI) has placed this  Himalayan state on the vanadium map of India and geologists are confident of identifying a deposit soon.

India is a significant consumer of vanadium but is not a primary producer of the strategic metal. It is recovered as a by-product from the slag collected from the processing of vanadiferous magnetite ores (iron ore), according to GSI officials.

India consumed 4% of about 84,000 metric tonnes of vanadium produced across the globe in 2017. China, which produces 57% of the world’s vanadium, consumed 44% of the metal, according to the GSI data.

“We found promising concentrations of vanadium in the palaeo-proterozoic carbonaceous phyllite rocks in Depo and Tamang areas of state’s Papum Pare district,” the sources said, adding it could boost state as well as national economy.

It may be recalled that Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein during a meeting with officers of Geology & Mining and  Arunachal Pradesh Mineral Development & Trading Corporation Limited  on July 23 last year had asked them to explore the mines and mineral deposits of  state.

“Our own state resources need to be tapped at any cost while the state has huge  mining & mineral resources,’ he said and assured to allocate if the department offers proposal specifying the potential areas.

He also informed that the State Govt allocated a sum of Rs 32.00 Crore to the Department of Geology & Mining, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh for payment of additional levy to the Ministry of Coal, Govt of India.  The allocation of the said amount was announced in his budget speech in the recently concluded budget session.

While highlighting activities of the department, its  director Tasar Tallar had said that the state Govt will reap a benefit of Rs six crore as royalty  from 32.02 hectare (3 lakh MT coal reserve) and Rs 54 crore from 94.63 hectare (27 lakh MT coal reserve) from Namchik-Nampuk Coal Mine on exploration of these deposits.

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