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Govt decision to excavate iron pleases locals
By Homraj Rana Bhat
Kawasoti, June 22: Initial work on Dhyaubadi iron mine excavation has begun in Hupsekot Rural Municipality of eastern Nawalparasi.
Mapping and infrastructural works have started in the area of excavation. After the government announced to start Dhyaubadi iron mine excavation work in Hupsekot Rural Municipality in its policy and programmes, residents of the area have been happy but also worried about being displaced, said the rural municipality chairman Laxmi Devi Pandey.
Although a team from the Department of Geology and Mine began a study on Dhyaubadi iron mine in 2011 by dividing its 200 sections into six blocks, the actual iron mine was found only a year ago.
The geologists have already announced the possibility of production of more than 20 million tons of iron from the mine that spreads over 10 kilometres area of Dhyaubadi.
The iron mine extends along Deurali’s Namjakot to Rumse in the south and Lhapse of Baudikali Rural Municipality in the north.
According to geologists, submission of a report giving the proof that Dhyaubadi iron mine has plenty of iron led government to start excavation works. They also said that 58% iron extracting elements present in the raw materials of the mine has made the government prioritise iron excavation work in the area.