Hyderabad, Mar 9: Hyderabad-headquartered National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) has achieved one more milestone in the field of mineral exploration as it signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Geological Survey of India (GSI) for sharing of Aero-Geophysical Data (Magnetic) for Mineral Exploration in part of Obvious Geological Potential (OGP Block-2) in Madhya Pradesh.
The MoA was signed recently by NMDC Executive Director (RP and S) M Mahadevan, on behalf of NMDC and GSI AMSE HoD and DDG Dr Dayanand, in the presence of NMDC Director (Production) P.K.Satpathy, Director (Commerical) Dr. T.R.K. Rao, and senior officials of NMDC, GSI, NRSC-ISRO, NGRI and Osmania University, Hyderabad,
With its expertise team of geologists, NMDC was identified as a Nodal Agency by Ministry of Mines for specialized mineral exploration works, NMDC said in a release here on Saturday. The data would be processed jointly by NMDC-Centre of Exploration Geophysics, Osmania University, Hyderabad for obtaining more diamondiferous areas/targets in the 18 diamondiferous blocks allocated to NMDC through Gazette by Government of Madhya Pradesh.
All the Aero-Mag anomaly maps would be generated by NMDC-CEG by using Geosoft Oasis Montage Software for Kimberlite search by NMDC. NMDC has already identified 45 target areas for drilling for diamondiferous kimberlites in Madhya Pradesh.
It also identified iron bearing areas in Sidhi- Singrauli Block in M.P. Recently, NRSC and NMDC have developed a mobile app to collect field data with location and field photo and catalogue to collect geological information and for viewing in “Bhuvan Portal”.
The signing of the Agreement with GSI will be a historic step for the country as the processed data may provide clues for hidden deposits, the release added. (UNI)