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Uranium traces found in Orissa

August 26, 2008 17:34 IST

A recent survey has found traces of uranium in at least eight districts of Orissa, which are also rich in iron ore, bauxite, nickel and titanium, state Steel and Mines Minister Pradip Kumar Amat said on Tuesday.

The survey conducted by the Atomic Mineral directorate, found traces of uranium in Sundargarh, Sambalpur, Baragarh, Jharsuguda, Deogarh, Kalahandi, Mayurbhanj and Jajpur districts, Amat told the state assembly.

According to the survey report, uranium was found in at least 19 different places in Sundargarh and 12 places in Sambalpur district.

Similarly, four places of Baragarh district and two locations of Jharsuguda districts have shown presence of uranium reserve, he said.

One place each in Deogarh, Kalahandi, Mayurbhanj and Jajpur were identified as uranium bearing locations.

"We hope that there is maximum possibility of uranium reserve in Sundargarh and Sambalpur districts," an official said.

Orissa could emerge as a suitable place for finding uranium after Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, he said.

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