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    BusinessFresh clues on lithium mining potential in Chhattisgarh amid setbacks elsewhere

    Fresh clues on lithium mining potential in Chhattisgarh amid setbacks elsewhere


    Fresh Promise for Lithium Mining in Chhattisgarh

    The critical mineral lithium, crucial for batteries and energy storage, seems to have a brighter future in according to recent findings. After delays and setbacks across several states, exploration efforts in the Korba district of Chhattisgarh offer hope.

    One lithium block in Korba is advancing to the second round of auctions, showing investor faith in the potential reserves there. Meanwhile, initial drilling in another nearby block detected hard rock deposits containing modest but potentially workable amounts of lithium. Further surveying could provide a clearer picture of the quantities present.

    Yet the path has not been smooth elsewhere. Exploration had to be dropped in Manipur and due to local opposition and unencouraging results respectively. A separate bidding process for a and block also failed due to anemic interest. Experts point to uncertainties around deposit sizes and extraction challenges with the lithium found in India.

    Still, proponents stress lithium's rising strategic value. Powering electric vehicles and electronic devices in massive and growing numbers, stable lithium supplies are a priority worldwide. While domestic mining progresses unevenly, India has gained overseas assets that could eventually augment supply. If the deposits in Chhattisgarh pan out as hoped, it might set the course for a landmark phase of lithium development within India. Answers on that front may emerge soon from the country's sole active exploration site for the coveted mineral.

    The Northlines is an independent source on the Web for news, facts and figures relating to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and its neighbourhood.

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