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ISM team finds manganese reserve

A four member team of IIT (ISM) Dhanbad, has discovered huge manganese ore deposits at Nagpur after years of research. The team has advised government to start drilling and exploration for manganese ore

ranchi Updated: Feb 04, 2017 10:11 IST
Sharad Chandra
ISM, Dhanbad
ISM, Dhanbad(HT File Photo)

A four member team of IIT (ISM) Dhanbad, has discovered huge manganese ore deposits at Nagpur after years of research. The team has advised government to start drilling and exploration for manganese ore.

The achievement came to light from a tweet by Union human resource and development (HRD) minister, Prakash Javadekar to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, informing him about the discovery on February 1. Javadekar said, “Kudos to IIT Dhanbad team for discovering largest manganese-ore deposit30 million ton near Nagpur worth `36000 crore.”

Professor S Mohanty, dean (academics), who led the team said, the research was done at Mansar and Beldongri mines in Nagpur district (Maharashtra) over three decades.

“We had suspected possibility of abundant manganese ore at Mansar and Beldongri mines, which was discussed with director, Dr DC Panigrahi, who formed a four member team to initiate further action,” said Mohanty, adding that apart from him, the team comprised Professor GS Rao, Professor PR Mohanty and Professor Shaliwahan.

Mohanty said, the team could pinpoint the huge manganese ore within 12 days of camping and research and report has been submitted to the government.

“We reached Nagpur on December 31, 2016 for a microscopic study of the selected area. On January 12, it was confirmed that, manganese ore worth Rs 36000 crore at present market value could be mined ,” said Mohanty. About 30 million ton manganese ore is available at Mansar and Beldongri mines spread in a radius of 3.5 kilometers.

Col (Retd) MK Singh, Registrar IIT (ISM) Dhanbad while expressing happiness said, discovery of manganese ore by our faculty members is one of the greatest achievements of the institution. “I hope after getting IIT tag, our skilled faculty members and research scholars will prove themselves globally.”