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A new mine in Andhra Pradesh could contain the largest reserves of uranium in the world signalling a major boost for the energy-hungry India.
The Tumalapalli mine in Andhra Pradesh state could provide up to 150,000 tonnes of uranium, Srikumar Banerjee, secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy, told reporters after a four-year survey of the site was completed.
"It's confirmed that the mine has 49,000 tonnes of ore, and there are indications that the total quantity could be three times that amount," Banerjee said.
"If that be the case, it will become the largest uranium mine in the world," he said.
Previous estimates suggested that only about 15,000 tonnes of uranium would be produced at the mine, which is due to start operating by the end of the year.
S.K. Malhotra, spokesman for the Department of Atomic Energy, said experts at the Tumalapalli mine were 'quite hopeful' that the eventual volume from the mine would reach 150,000 tonnes.
But he warned that 'it is not high-grade uranium, it is low-grade uranium. We have not found any high-grade uranium in India to match that found in Australia'.
There area already concerns being expressed on the environmental effects of mining such massive quantity Uranium, on the food and water chains!
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