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Mineral exploitation low despite increased mining activity

The state has about 174 million tonne of nickel, which is yet to explored

Despite increased mining activity in Odisha, the mineral exploitation rate  in the state remains low in last hundred years compared to the deposits of these naturally occurring resources.    Major minerals with sizeable reserves in the state include chromite, iron ore, bauxite and manganese. While only 13 per cent of the total chromite deposits has been excavated so far, the same for iron ore and manganese are 9 per cent each and for bauxite only three per cent.   Odisha currently possesses 159.40 million tonne of chrome ore that finds its usage in making stainless ...