Gold reserves have been found in the state of Rajasthan through the Centre’s roadmap aimed at discovering gold across the country. The Centre had revised the Obvious Geological Potential (OGP) area, and the Geological Survey of India conducted an exploration survey in 2021-22, in which, two new areas of gold reserves were discovered- Udaipur’s Devgaanv, Rathri, Harmatiya Khurd, Bada Talab in between Udaipur and Dungarpur, Jhadap Bawdi, and Banswara’s Ghatiyan area.
Along with Rajasthan, gold reserves have been found in 11 other states of the country, but not in more than 2-4 areas. Looking at the huge probability of the presence of gold reserves in Rajasthan, the Centre revised the OGP area, in which the highest is of Rajasthan with 33337 sq km, which is even more than Karnataka’s 33830 sq km, which is known as the gold-producing state.
As per the data of the National Mineral Inventory, the total gold ore reserves in the country are 501.83 million tonnes, and the largest resources of primary gold are found in Bihar (44%), followed by 25% in Rajasthan, 21% in Karnataka, 3% in West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh, and 2% in Jharkhand.
The Centre is making a roadmap for gold exploration and production, as per which the FDI has received a 100% approval, and private companies are being attracted to invest in order to get the areas with potential gold reserves developed. The NITI Ayog is also working on the possibilities of gold mines.