Large Uranium Ore Deposit Found in Rajasthan

NATIONAL Rajasthan

The total deposits found in Rajasthan are 15,631 tones

New Delhi, July 28: The government is considering setting up an exploratory mining center in Sikar district of Rajasthan where over 14,000 tons of uranium ore deposits have been discovered. In a written reply in Lok Sabha, Jitendra Singh (Minister of State) said pre-project activities required for obtaining statutory clearances have been initiated by Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL). As a part of this, the state government of Rajasthan has issued Letter of Intent (LOl) for granting of mining lease to UCIL.

According to the information shared by the minister, the Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD) found 8,813 tons of uranium oxide deposits in Rohil in Sikar district, 1,086 tones in Rohil west, 3,570 tones in Jahaz and 1,002 tones in Geratiyon ki Dhani.  At Uma in Udaipur district, the AMD had found uranium oxide deposits to the tune of 1,160 tones. The total uranium ore deposits found in Rajasthan are 15,631 tones that is 14,471 tones in Sikar district and 1,160 tones in Udaipur, Singh said, adding that these deposits have been classified as “small deposits”. “Mining technology and economics are important criteria which decide the exploitation and extraction status of a deposit like other mineral deposits,” Singh said.

Across the country, the AMD, a constituent unit of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), has established a total of 3.82.675 tones in situ U308 in 47 uranium deposits in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Jharkhand, Meghalaya, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Maharashtra.

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