Steel and Mines Minister Prafulla Mallik notified the state legislature that gold mines had been discovered in three districts of Odisha. “The Directorate of Mines and Geological Survey of India (GSI) studies reveal the presence of gold reserves in three districts, namely Deogarh, Keonjhar, and Mayurbhanj,” the Minister stated in answer to a written query from MLA Sudhir Kumar Samal of Dhenkanal.
Details about Huge Gold Mines Found in Three Districts of Odisha
Residents of Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, and Deogarh were taken aback when the declaration that these three districts possess gold deposits was made in the Legislature on Monday.
Dimirimunda, Kushakala, Gotipur, and Gopur in the Keonjhar district; Joshipur, Suriaguda, Ruansila, and Dhushura Hill in the Mayurbhanj district; and Adas area in the Deogarh district all have gold deposits.
The Minister’s declaration that gold exists in the three districts has given the people of Odisha new hope.
In reality, the first survey for gold resources in the Keonjhar district took place in the 1980s. Using the technology available at the time, the Geological Survey of India (GSI) conducted the survey in Kushakala, Goppur, and Jaladiha villages under Taramakant and Nayakote Panchayats in Keonjhar district’s Banasapal block. Yet, the survey’s findings remained a well guarded secret.
The GSI then conducted another study in certain parts of the Keonjhar district utilising cutting-edge technologies in 2021-2022. The GSI officials also remained silent about the survey’s conclusions at the time.
But, in view of the Steel and Mines Minister’s comments in the House, inhabitants of Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, and Deogarh are in a bind.