GSI said it has not estimated such kind of vast resource of gold deposits in Sonbhadra district, UP

New Delhi: The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has cleared the air on the claims of finding 3,350 tonnes of gold deposit in two mines of Uttar Pradesh. It issued a clarification saying only an estimated 160 kg of gold can be unearthed from the sites.

In a press release dated February 22, the GSI said that various media houses have reported on the availability of gold in Son Pahadi and Hardi field of Sonbhadra dsitrict, stating that UP state directorate of geology and mining (DGM) shared this information. It said that GSI is not a party to such published news, and “GSI has not estimated such kind of vast resource of gold deposits in Sonbhadra district, UP.”

GSI added that several exploration works have been carried out for gold, but “the results were not encouraging to come up with major resources for gold in Sonbhadra district, UP.”

“GSI has estimated a probable category resource of 52806.25 tonnes of ore with 3.03 grams per tonne gold (average grade) for a strike length of 170 m in Sub-Block-H, Sonapahari area, Sonbhadra district, UP. The mineralised zone having an average grade of 3.03 grams per tonne of gold is tentative in nature and the total gold which can be extracted from the total resource of 52806.25 tonnes of ore is approximately 160 kg and not 3,350 tonnes as mentioned in the media,” said the release.

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