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The Bihar government has started the tender process for mineral blocks. Soon the state government will start mining of chromium-potassium mineral blocks along with gold in the state. Mines and Geology Minister Janak Ram gave this information on Friday.
The minister said that large-scale deposits of nickel, potash, chromium and gold have been found in many districts including Jamui, Aurangabad, Nawada, the mining of which is going to start soon. Three blocks of potash and one block of chromium nickel have been found. On the other hand, deposits of gold have been found in Sono block of Jamui and chromium in Aurangabad.
In fact, recently, the Union Ministry of Mines has handed over four mineral blocks to Bihar. These mines are of chromium and potassium. These mines are located in Sasaram, Rohtas, Gaya and Aurangabad districts. Union Coal and Mining Minister Prahlad Joshi handed over the documents of mineral survey to Bihar’s Minister of Mines and Geology, Janak Ram. Then the Center handed over 100 blocks of various minerals to 14 states and urged them to auction them at the earliest.
Janak Ram told that three blocks of potassium and one of chromium have been given to Bihar. This includes Nadwadih block of 10 square kilometer in Sasaram-Rohtas, Tipa mineral block in eight square kilometer and block of seven square kilometer in Shahpur. All three are blocks of potassium. Apart from this, there are blocks of chromium in Aurangabad-Gaya. It is eight square kilometer. Chromium is used in the aviation sector and mobile.
The Minister said that the State Government would start the process of auctioning these blocks soon after studying the various aspects in detail. Surely Bihar will benefit from this. This is the first time after the amendment to the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act in March that auction of mineral blocks has been allowed at the G-4 level, that is, the initial survey level. Till now, out of the four levels of mining survey, the G-4 level survey could only be done by government agencies or PSUs.