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Coal mining revenue Rs. 49.50 lakh

(C) Parliamentary secretary Y. Patton addressing the 30th state geological programme board meeting at geology & mining directorate Dimapur Thursday. (DIPR)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, AUG 5 (NPN):
Published on 6 Aug. 2010 12:51 AM IST
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Nagaland parliamentary secretary, geology and mining, irrigation and flood control and border affairs Y. Patton Thursday disclosed that a total revenue of Rs. 49.50 lakh was generated from coal mining in the state during the current year and Rs 21.72 lakh was generated under exploration cum-mobilization of ground water resources programme in hilly terrain.
Addressing the 30th state geological programme board meeting at directorate of geology and mining here today, Patton said that under exploration cum-mobilization of ground water resources programme in hilly terrain, the department has so far covered Kohima, Wokha, Mokokchung and Phek. While, under the coal policy, the department has set-up mineral check gates at strategic locations in Wokha, Mokokchung and Mon districts.
He also said that in order to control the random and illegal mining activities in the state, the state government has constituted flying squad team under state level task force to check all mineral check gates and illegal mining areas in the state including seizure of illegal transportation of minerals.
Patton further said that to generate revenue through ground water development, the department has prepared to procure one more unit of water well drilling rig suitable for hilly terrain of the state.
State directorate of geology and mining has got collaborative projects with the National Metallurgical Laboratory at Jamshedpur on “Pilot scale smelting and pre-feasibility studies on nickel-cobalt-chromium bearing magnetite ores from Nagaland for an economically viable plant”.
The project which cost around Rs. 78 lakh was jointly sponsored by four departments – department of mines, ministry of steel, department of science and technology (GoI) and directorate of geology and mining, Nagaland and is in full swing. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2011, Patton said. According to him the research work for the said project started in 2008.
He said that state government, to harness the natural resources for economic uplift of the people, has decided to resume the petroleum exploration and development of oil and natural gas in Champang oil field and all other oil bearing areas in the state, as enshrined in the constitution.
Patton also urged all delegates at the programme to put their sincere and joint efforts to turn state’s mineral resources into mineral based industries and achieve aspiration of the people.
Dr. Saleem A. Khan. Trident Resources Ltd and Dr. B.P. Baruah NEIST presented power presentations on “Prospects of noble metals in the Naga Ophiolite” and “Techno-feasibility on manufacture of Coke-breeze from Nagaland Coal (Konya Coal) respectively.

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