About 14 applications are pending with the government for exploration and exploitation of gold deposits in Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj districts of Orissa, admits state steel and mines minister Padmanav Behera.
The exploration undertaken by the state geology directorate has indicated occurrence of gold in around 20 places in the five districts of Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Sundergarh, Malkangiri and Angul. While there was an indication of gold deposits in Saleikana, Dimirimunda, Karadangi and Kalima area in Telkoi block and Gajipur, Gopur, Singipur and Kushkala area under Banspal block in Keonjhar district, such deposits have als been traced in Surada-Jasipur, Suriaguda, Dhusura hill and Badampahad-Gourmahisani belt in the neighbouring Mayurbhanj district.
Preliminary exploration has suggested presence of gold deposits in Digajharan, Maladihi and Ghoger area under Sundgergarh district and Kayang, Khatiguda, Dasmantpur and Gobindpalli area under Malkangiri district. Besides, deposits have also been found in the valley of Tikira and its ranges in Angul district.