Chhattisgarh government develops strategy to explore rich minerals



Blessed with rich minerals, Chhattisgarh is developing a vast exploration plan for high-value minerals with a focus on lithium.

Recent studies have indicated lithium deposits in the central and southern regions of Chhattisgarh. According to officials, work is in full swing to complete the formalities and extract the lithium, given the demand for the ore. The state stresses the need to adopt green technologies to explore for minerals as well.

“The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has identified a lithium block in the Katghora-Guchapur area of ​​Korba district, and the reconnaissance survey hints at high concentration lithium deposits,” said Anurag Diwan, co -Director of Mining Department of Chhattisgarh.

Lithium blocks were also located in and around Tongpal, Govindpal, Chitalnar and Puspal areas of Sukma district in Bastar, Diwan said. The region can be explored for lithium-bearing pegmatite. The surveyors found lepidolite, a mineral containing lithium, Diwan added.

In the Korba belt, analytical results indicate significant mineralization of rare earth elements (REE) and other rare metals. Similarly, a reconnaissance survey for gold and associated sulphide mineralization in the Barjor area of ​​Jashpur district reveals the anomalous gold value in the bedrock sample.

“Our priority is to assess the availability and quantity of high-value minerals like lithium, tin, gold, copper, nickel and diamond using the latest technology,” Diwan said. Lithium is used in the manufacturing process of glasses, ceramics and pharmaceuticals, in addition to aluminum and magnesium alloys. But the greatest growth potential is in the battery market, where lithium is used as an electrode and electrolyte material in disposable lithium batteries and in rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

The Department of Mines recently held a conference to devise a strategy regarding the auctioning of mineral blocks and exploration for high-value minerals available in the state. Detailed deliberation has taken place with stakeholders from both the public and private sectors to make Chhattisgarh a hub for high value minerals in the country.

So far, more than 100 blocks of potential minerals have been identified based on exploration undertaken by government agencies in Chhattisgarh. The state government had issued a tender for 40 blocks of minerals like gold, iron ore, limestone and bauxite. No less than 15 blocks were successfully auctioned.

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