The survey to assess the exact reserve of bauxite in Jharkhand has been stalled due to protests by villagers fearing displacement.
According to a map of the Geological Survey of India and the data available with the Remote Sensing Study, the state especially the western part has bauxite reserves spread over an area of around 460 square kilometers.
The state government has been able to issue mining license for around 60 square kilometers as the geology department is not aware of the exact reserve and quality of the ore.
Sources in the state geology department said that the survey was stopped after the surveyors faced resistance from villagers at 6 places. The villagers even threatened them with dire consequences. Whenever we tried to conduct a ground survey we had to face problems.