Expert Committee appointed to report on gold, copper and iron ore deposits
Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweeera yesterday appointed an expert committee to conduct a scientific study on the Seruwawila gold, copper and iron ore deposits.
With iron ore prices skyrocketing worldwide and both neighbouring giant India and China having huge demands, Sri Lanka was keen on tapping natural resources, an official said.
The committee will be coordinated by an Additional Secretary to the Ministry and will be chaired by Prof. Athula Senaratne of the University of Peradeniya and its other members are H W. Navaratne, Dr. Stalin Fernando, Dr. Bernard Perera, Dr. C.H.K.R. Siriwardena and Dr. O.K. Dissanayake.
Amaraweera, addressing the media, at his Ministry yesterday said the mineral deposit had been explored in the 1970s with the help of technology available at that time, and it had been found that there was iron, copper as well as a certain amount of gold in the Seruwawila deposit.
As today’s excavation technology was very advanced, it was possible to dig up to 250-300 metres, the Minister said.
The Minister also said that all possible steps would be taken to increase the value of the mineral resources through value addition locally to ensure higher prices.
(Source: The Island – By Ifham Nizam)
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What a dreamer.
This guy is excellent at chasing rainbows !
He should be given an award !!!!
Yes! We should have stuck to Dhammikage Peniya and sell it all over the world to earn the foreign exchange necessary
. Should have thought about bottling and selling globally the other things coming out of Kali’s orifices to the rest of the world if that wasn’t enough.
We remember the same Minister said several things about paying huge sums (in Billions) as rent for getting a private building for Agric Ministry. But, nothing happened in that regard later ! Hope he will take at least some meaningful action regarding these metal deposits & not end as another story telling?
What a brilliant idea, Indra.
Dhammikage Peniya, a Forex earner !!!
We don’t have have to engage Kandyan dancers entertain ladies of the night from Ukaraine, in Pollonnaruwa to earn Forex; if we can grab local taxes from these lassies, that would boost our education and health budget too.
But most valuable is Forex.
Imagine the sufferings of the 225 in the Big House being deprived of permits to import latest model Land Cruisers due to lack of Forex.
Dhammikage Peniya; the savior; not only heal the pandemic but help the nation remove all import restrictions and also, let the Ukrainian ladies remain safe in their land.