Orissa government has decided to intensify exploration of bauxite, coal, limestone and heavy minerals in beach sand.
The new initiative will focus on intensive exploitation of concealed deposits and a geo-physical and geo-thermal survey will be conducted. The new areas where intensive exploration will be taken up include investigation of bauxite around Bhitargurha of Kalahandi district and Panchada-Baldiaparha of Koraput district, assessment of heavy minerals in beach sand in Giral south block around Puri coast and investigation of coal in IB Valley and Talcher coalfields.
Apart from non-ferrous metal, it will also assess iron ore in the northern part of Baliapal, Badamgarh Pahar and Jhirapani in Sundergarh district and around Tapodih in Keonjhar district .
Directorate of geology plans to take up 19 investigation projects this year compared to 17 projects last year. It has already deployed three exploration units for starting investigation of bauxite in small and medium plateaus in Kalahandi, Koraput and Raygada districts.