The gold ores are estimated to be worth around Rs 12 lakh crore Credit: Representational image

New Delhi: After two decades, Uttar Pradesh government’s hard work has apparently paid off, as the state directorate of geology and the Mining and Geological Survey of India have discovered two gold mines with a collective hoard of more than 3,000 tonnes of gold ore.

The gold deposit at two mines — Son Pahadi and Hardi village — together could be five times India’s gold reserve, which is currently around 626 tonnes.

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Son Pahadi is estimated to have around 2,900 tonnes of gold, while Hardi field has approximately 640 tonnes gold. The gold ores are estimated to be worth around Rs 12 lakh crore.

The state mining department has formed a seven-member team which visited Son Pahadi on Thursday. They will map the gold mine area and geo tag it.

Meanwhile, officials are exploring the possibility of unearthing other rare minerals like uranium in the area. The discovery of the two mines is expected to give a considerable boost to the state’s revenue and provide skilled and unskilled labour opportunities, along with the development of backward regions in the two districts.

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