A day after the news of the discovery of gold deposits estimated to be around 3,000 tonnes in Sonbhadra district of UP, the Geological Survey of India (GSI) on Saturday denied any such finding and issued a clarification that the estimated reserve is about 160 kg.Now, the question here arises is how did the information spread?
An investigation by IANS revealed that everything started after the correspondence between the mining department of UP and the collector of Sonbhadra got leaked.IANS has a letter dated January 31, 2020 from the Directorate of Mines and Mineralsof UP which has estimated a total of 2943.26 tonnes gold in Sona Pahadi block and 46.15 kg gold in Hardi block of Sonbhadra district. Thus, this letter states that there are approximately 3,000 tonnes of gold in district. This letter also claimes that the report of auction of minerals has been made available by the GSI. The land is to be identified before auction of blocks of minerals. 7-member team has also been informed to extract the gold. In the letter, information has also been given on behalf of the District Magistrate of sonbhadra.