The people of Bundelkhand, who have been facing a drought-like situation for
the past five years, may have good times ahead.
Technicians and officials of global diamond major DeBeers and the Directorate
of Geology and Mining have been surprised to find a piece of diamond at one of
the bore pit in the bed of the Vaghin river near Kalinjer
Fort in Banda district.
The Uttar Pradesh government has started getting results from its
two-year-old "Diamond Exploration" project. Multi-national firm
DeBeers is already conducting preliminary survey of the region, starting from a
part of Madhya Pradesh and Banda district in UP.
The UP government has issued Reconscience Permit (RP) to DeBeers. After
finding traces of kimberlite pipe (the main source of diamond worldwide) and
three pieces of diamond in the region, the state government would very soon be
in a position to issue Perspective Licence (PL) to the companies for diamond
According to the deputy director of the mining directorate, SA Farooqui,
there could be a wait of another year to prove that diamond can be found in
Bundelkhand, but the results of drilling have been encouraging.
The second phase of exploration would prove that Kalinjar
valley of Banda was a diamond belt, said the deputy director while talking to Business
Geologists too have been saying that Semari and Kamoor range of Bundelkhand
has rocks containing platinum as well as diamond.
The geologists of the mining directorate had got a breakthrough in the
exploration of diamond in the bed of the Vaghin river at Kalinger valley in
November 2006 when traces of Kimberlite were found, and subsequently two pieces
of diamond were also found.
"The piece of diamond boosted our interest and now the exploration is in
full swing," said VK Sharma, a DGM geologist.
"Now, we are zeroing in on the possibility of presence of Kimberlite
rocks, which will further confirm our success," he added.
At present the DGM gives a revenue of Rs 354 crore (Rs 3.54 billion) per year
to the state. Once the department succeeds in the diamond project, the revenue
collection would increase dramatically, said the DGM deputy director.