Call for geological survey, drilling of minerals along Indo-China border ‘Arunachal can be leading producer of graphite’

ITANAGAR, May 14: A senior Arunachal Pradesh Government officer has suggested the Geological Survey of India (GSI) to extend its survey and drilling activities towards 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 the 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 mineral in the international border, stated Tayeng while attending an annual interaction meeting of officials of GSI under Ministry of Mines, Govt of India with the Department of Geology & Mining, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh at Itanagar on Tuesday.

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

During the discussion, survey and drilling activities carried out by Geological Survey of India in different parts of the State were reviewed. The GSI, while presenting status of mineral deposits in different parts of the State, revealed that about 35% deposits of graphite of the country are found in Arunachal Pradesh. Since the country is now importing this mineral from other country, it was 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 its technical know-how with the State Department of Geology & 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 is rich deposits of lime.