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Call for geological survey, drilling along Indo-China border
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 ITANAGAR, May 14 - A senior Arunachal Pradesh Government officer has suggested the Geological Survey of India (GSI) to extend its survey and drilling activities to the Indo-China international border.

“Bidol Tayeng, Secretary (Geology and Mining), Government of Arunachal Pradesh, emphasized that the survey and drilling activities of the Geological Survey of India be moved towards the Indo-China International Border, considering the fact that China was reportedly undertaking huge mining activities across the border in Tibet,” stated an official press note here.

The development of road towards the international border should be a boon for exploration of minerals in the international border, stated Tayeng while attending an annual interaction meeting of officials of the GSI under the Ministry of Mines, Government of India with the Department of Geology and Mining, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, here today.

The meeting, chaired by Tayeng and attended by GSI Deputy Director General (Itanagar) TL Shitiri among others, discussed geological survey and drilling activities by the GSI and sharing of information and data with the State Department of Geology and Mining.

During the discussion, survey and drilling activities carried out by the GSI in different parts of the State were reviewed. The GSI, while presenting the status of mineral deposits in different parts of the State, revealed that about 35 per cent graphite deposits of the country are found in Arunachal Pradesh. Since the country is now importing this mineral from other country, it has been felt that Arunachal Pradesh could be the leading producer of graphite in the country in future.

During the meeting, the GSI was requested to share information, data and technical know-how with the State Department of Geology and Mining. The GSI was also requested by the State officials to provide hand-holding in the exploration of the minerals to the department.

The two departments agreed for promoting geo-tourism in the State, particularly in places where there are rich deposits of lime.

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