Gold Deposits of over 3,000 Tonnes Discovered

Published on February 22, 2020
Current context: The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has discovered gold deposits to the tune of around 3,000 tonnes in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh on 21st Feb 2020.
Gold Deposits of over 3,000 Tonnes Discovered
  • The deposit contains almost five times India's current reserve of the yellow metal and estimated to be worth nearly Rs 12 lakh crore.
  • As per the World Gold Council, India currently has 626 tonnes of gold reserves.
  • The gold deposits were found in Son Pahadi and Hardi areas.
  • Almost two decades back in 1992-93, the GSI had started the work on finding gold reserves in Sonbhadra.
  • The deposits in Son Pahadi is estimated to be around 2,943.26 tonnes, while that at Hardi block is around 646.16 kilograms.
  • Sonbhadra in Uttar Pradesh is the only district in the country which shares borders with four states including Madhya Pradesh to the west, Chhattishgarh to the south, Jharkhand to the south-east and Bihar to the east.

Question: 

Q.1 At which place the Geological Survey of India (GSI) has discovered gold deposits to the tune of around 3,000 tonnes?
a. Sondari
b. Sonbhadra
c. Pathikonda
d. Alampara

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