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Potential iron mine in Hili expected to make substantial contribution to economy

  • Published at 11:34 pm June 15th, 2019
Iron Mine -Dhaka Tribune
A team of Geological Survey of Bangladesh explores the possibility of valuable iron ore in Dinajpur Hili Dhaka Tribune

A 22 member team of the Geological Survey of Bangladesh (GSB) has found the presence of iron ore in the samples collected during a survey at Hili, Dinajpur

After enriching the country with their Barapukuria Coal Mine –Dinajpur hopes to contribute to the economy with another natural resource –Iron. 

A 22 member team of the Geological Survey of Bangladesh (GSB) has found the presence of iron ore in the samples collected during a survey at Hili, Dinajpur. 

GSB is conducting drilling campaigns to further explore the possibilities of an iron mine.

Dinajpur 6 MP Shibly Sadik inaugurated the drilling campaign at Ishobpur village of Alihat union, Hili on April 19. 

The existence of the first ever iron mine in Bangladesh was first discovered in Murshidpur of Hakimpur upazila back in 2013.

According to GSB members of this project, not only the presence of an iron mine is first in Bangladesh, it would likely be among the top 10 iron mines in the world.

Locals in this region are excited with this development, and lauded the exploration team for their noble effort. They hope the mine would boost the economy of this region, and create employment opportunities for the people.

Shibly Sadik said, “In accordance with government's various steps to find natural resources all over the country, we found Dighipara coal mine, and hoping for an iron mine in Ishobpur, both in Dinajpur district. These mines will enrich Bangladesh as well as the lives of our people.”

Director, Saidul Hossain and Deputy Director Masud Rana of GSB said, “In the second phase of the exploration we are evaluating the samples for the presence of magnetite minerals. To assess the reserves, and quality of the detected materials we would need extensive laboratory tests. 

“Plus we have to test the potency of the mineral, so that we can decide if the project is worth a try. We are hopeful of finding positive results.”

During a field inspection of the drilling project on May 26, Director General of GSB Jillur Rahman said, “We drilled down to 1503ft. We are testing the mineral samples collected from the site. As soon as the results come in, we will be able to proceed to the next phase of the exploration. The quantity and quality of the mine reserve is our main point of focus, and we are hopeful.”